No jail for re­peat of­fender

Joondalup Times - - FRONT PAGE - Mark Don­ald­son

A WOMAN who was caught driv­ing with­out a li­cence for the 18th time when she danger­ously tried to evade po­lice in Craigie has been spared an im­me­di­ate jail term.

Lisa Jane McGrath (50) faced Joon­dalup Mag­is­trates Court on Fri­day af­ter plead­ing guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing to escape po­lice and hav­ing no au­thor­ity to drive.

The court heard McGrath had been caught driv­ing with­out a li­cence 18 times since 2000.

Mag­is­trate Deen Pot­ter handed her a con­di­tional 12-month sus­pended prison term and sus­pended her li­cence for a fur­ther 15 months.

She had not held a li­cence since 2014.

He took into ac­count the mother’s trau­matic cir­cum­stances, put for­ward by her duty lawyer, which in­cluded the death of her fouryear-old child in 1999, do­mes­tic abuse, and drug and al­co­hol ad­dic­tion.

McGrath is cur­rently the carer of two young chil­dren, which Mr Pot­ter also con­sid­ered.

“It’s a bal­anc­ing act the court needs to take, par­tic­u­larly in cir­cum­stances such as yours,” he said.

“If there is fur­ther driv­ing, you will go to jail.”

The po­lice pros­e­cu­tor pushed for an im­me­di­ate jail term, say­ing McGrath “thumbs her nose” at li­cence sus­pen­sions.

He said it was “be­yond a joke” that she had been caught 18 times in the past 18 years.

“When the court tells you you’re not al­lowed to drive, you just don’t get in the driver’s seat,” the pros­e­cu­tor said.

He told the court McGrath sped away af­ter spot­ting po­lice when she was driv­ing through Craigie about mid­night on De­cem­ber 29.

He said she drove danger­ously around cor­ners and turned her lights off be­fore stop­ping the car and ad­mit­ting to of­fi­cers she did not have a li­cence.

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