Shepparton News

Unlicensed driver cops fine


- By Monique Preston

A woman who was caught driving unlicensed and in an unregister­ed car only six weeks after she had been released from jail on charges that included unlicensed driving, has been fined $750.

Jade Kirkpatric­k, 29, of Kyabram, pleaded guilty in Shepparton Magistrate­s’ Court to drug possession, driving without a licence, driving an unregister­ed vehicle and breaching a community correction­s order.

Prosecutor Leading Senior Constable Kim Thomson told the court police spotted Kirkpatric­k driving down the laneway next to Stray Leaves Caravan Park in Shepparton without her lights on at 1.20 am on Australia Day.

Her driver’s licence had been suspended for drug matters, the vehicle’s registrati­on ran out a little more than a month earlier and there was 0.59 grams of methamphet­amines in a ziplock bag in her handbag.

She was also on a community correction­s order at the time. Kirkpatric­k’s solicitor Ian Michaelson told the court his client had been released from custody on December 14 last year and had stored her belongings at the caravan park after she had lost her Shepparton house while in jail.

Now living at Kyabram, she was at the caravan park because she had items stored there. Mr Michaelson also said his client was doing ‘‘reasonably well’’ on the correction­s order, compared to previous ones she had been on.

Magistrate Peter Mithen said Kirkpatric­k had been ‘‘thumbing her nose’’ with the unlicensed driving as she had only been recently released from prison on matters that included unlicensed driving.

‘‘If you’re going to keep f louting the driving laws you’ll come unstuck,’’ Mr Mithen said.

He fined her $750 on the police matters, but did not disqualify her licence any further.

He also found the community correction­s breach proven, but continued the order.

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