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"Over-protective" mum and daughter spared jail after lying over car insurance

By The Citizen  |  Posted: December 03, 2012

Gloucester Crown Court

Gloucester Crown Court

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A PROTECTIVE mum and her daughter who lied about car insurance have narrowly escaped going to jail.

Wendy and Sarah Turner both sobbed in the dock at Gloucester Crown Court after they admitted trying to pervert the course of justice.

The court was told that Sarah, 23, a mum of two, from Sage Close, Churchdown, had taken out car insurance for herself in her mum's name because it was cheaper.

When she was booked for driving while using a mobile phone she gave her mother's name and address – in Didbrook, Cheltenham – and then persuaded her mum to go along with the lies.

But police rumbled her and both were arrested.

Sarah, who also admitted offences of making a false statement to obtain insurance, having no insurance and using a mobile phone while driving, was given a four month jail term suspended for two years.

She was also banned from driving for six months and placed under supervision for a year. Her mother, 42, was given a three-month sentence suspended for two years with nine months supervision.

Judge Jamie Tabor told Sarah the only reason she was not going to jail was because she has two very young children, one of whom is thought to be autistic.

Prosecutor Lisa Hennessy told the court that on May 22, police on patrol in Cheltenham Road East, Churchdown, caught Sarah Turner using her phone at the wheel. She admitted the offence and was given a fixed penalty notice but gave the name Wendy and her mum's address.

But a mix-up over her date of birth saw police catch the pair.

Mrs Hennessy said when Wendy was arrested she admitted the car was not hers and she had no idea it had been registered or insured in her name.

For Wendy, solicitor Lloyd Jenkins said: "This is a case of an over-protective mother who went too far because of her love for her daughter."

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  • Lord_Gaga_  |  December 03 2012, 6:09PM

    Women drivers eh. its not a negative comment unless you want it to be. and yes i do like to annoy the mentaly challenged people who red arrow me

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  • FreeRadical1  |  December 03 2012, 5:13PM

    So, a young criminal doesn't go to jail only because she has two kiddies, one of whom is autistic. Since Sarah committed the graver crime, why couldn't she go to prison for a while to teach her a lesson, and her mum would have to look after the kids?

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  • MentalBeaver  |  December 03 2012, 4:51PM

    GlosResident1 - True, but this women didn't actually have an accident. However your point still stands for those uninsured drivers who do have accidents.

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  • EllJay1  |  December 03 2012, 3:08PM

    Lord_Gaga_ "women drivers eh". You must really enjoy being red-arrowed judging by the frequency that you make that remark in your postings.

    Rate   5
  • GlosResident1  |  December 03 2012, 3:04PM

    Mental Beaver, the cost of uninsured drivers, which this woman effectively and legally was, pushes up premiums due to the amount every mainstream insurer has to contribute to the funds of the MIB who pick up claims costs associated with uninsured drivers so this scenario does also increase our premiums as well as whiplash and the like.

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  • Hubert1841  |  December 03 2012, 2:59PM

    Lifetime ban for the pair of 'em; Feckless idiots.

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  • MentalBeaver  |  December 03 2012, 1:32PM

    It's more likely to be false "whiplash" and other "personal injury" claims that pushes everyone's insurance premiums up. Whilst this was a stupid thing for them both to do I don't believe it would affect anyone else's insurance premiums.

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  • Dr_Hfrrrrr  |  December 03 2012, 1:12PM

    Stupid people like this stupid woman and her stupid mother are the reason that everyone else has to pay more for car insurance.

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  • JASB999  |  December 03 2012, 12:42PM

    Jail would have been too harsh - however a 6 month ban isn't long enough in my opinion.

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  • Dr_Hfrrrrr  |  December 03 2012, 12:27PM

    Not 'over-protective' but 'dishonest and criminal'. If this stupid woman had crashed into your car and either wrecked it or - even worse - hospitalised or killed someone it would have been a damn site worse than being caught using a phone while driving, which in itself is highly dangerous. This stupid woman and her even more stupid mother should have been locked up.

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