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Uninsured driver whose dog died in crash is fined

By Nevin Farrell

Published 05/11/2016

Defendant: Elaine Currie
Defendant: Elaine Currie

A woman has been fined after her dog died when she crashed her car while uninsured.

The animal passed away after Elaine Currie (47), of Ballyboley Road, Larne, crashed at a mini-roundabout in the town.

Ballymena Magistrates' Court was told that after the accident, Currie got out of her car and started arguing with a motorist who had tried to avoid her.

A prosecutor said that when police arrived at the defendant's home, her face was swollen and she was very upset.

It also emerged that she had no insurance.

Initially, Currie denied all the allegations. However, in court defence lawyer Aaron Thompson said that his client had had a change of heart and that she was pleading guilty to charges of driving without due care and attention and having no insurance.

He added that she had been "very upset" at the time of the car accident because after she "proceeded through the roundabout incorrectly" her dog died at the scene in the front passenger seat.

Mr Thompson said the defendant had a very poor driving record and the incident had happened just two weeks after a year-long road ban ended.

Deputy District Judge Phillip Mateer told the court that due to the defendant's own bad driving her dog died. He said she had gone onto a roundabout without giving way and there was no real explanation why she was driving in that fashion.

He explained that the previous disqualification was for matters including a lack of insurance, and at the time of last November's incident she was back on the road without such cover and had other previous no-insurance offences.

Currie was not present in court, but the judge said she had flouted driving laws and he banned her from the road for a year and fined her £400.

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