Pays price for driving while disqualified

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A mum-of-five who got behind the wheel despite being banned for four years has been sent to jail.

Rogue driver Gemma Nicol was caught in Camelon on August 13 after police received a tip-off.

Falkirk Sheriff Court was told last Thursday that the car she was in had been involved in a collision in Stirling two weeks earlier when it was being driven by her partner.

The wife of the owner of the other car involved happened to be in Camelon nearly two weeks later when she saw the vehicle parked in the driveway of a house in Carmuirs Avenue.

She called her husband and when he arrived they watched Nicol coming out of the house, driving to a filling station on nearby Glasgow Road and then to a house in Watling Avenue and called the police.

Nicol told officers she was not driving, but was arrested and charged with driving while disqualified and without insurance and driving a vehicle with no test certificate on Carmuirs Avenue, Glasgow Road and Watling Avenue.

When she appeared in court from custody on September 8 the 33-year-old from 214 Carmuirs Avenue, Camelon, pled guilty and also admitted stealing £340 worth of handbags from TK Maxx in Stirling on August 1 and had sentence deferred for background reports.

Last Thursday her lawyer urged Nicol be spared jail.

He said: “She accepts responsibility for her actions and after six weeks on remand is fully motivated to be a useful member of society. She will fully comply with any community order.

“She does not have a good record, but already on a community order and making good pr0gress with that. She has five children living elsewhere at the moment, but there’s no doubt they would rather be with their mother.”

Sheriff Derek Livingston jailed Nicol for 146 days, disqualified her for five years and ordered she re-sit her driving test.

He told her: “Custody is inevitable because you have clearly shown no regard for the orders of the court. You were subject to a four year disqualification and drove a car.”

The sheriff also jailed Nicol for an additional 60 days for shoplifting which will run consecutively.