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Woman drove away after ban

PUBLISHED: 10:45 30 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:39 05 July 2010

A WOMAN drove off in her car just minutes after being banned from the roads for a year for drink-driving, a court has heard.

Gelila Norton, 32, was caught by police close to Lowestoft Magistrates' Court after staff became suspicious that she was planning to drive her car following the hearing on September 30.

A WOMAN drove off in her car just minutes after being banned from the roads for a year for drink-driving, a court has heard.

Gelila Norton, 32, was caught by police close to Lowestoft Magistrates' Court after staff became suspicious that she was planning to drive her car following the hearing on September 30.

Naomi Turner, prosecuting, said Norton was stopped in Battery Green Road and claimed she was looking for somewhere to park her car before getting a bus.

Norton, of Saxstead, near Woodbridge, pleaded guilty at a previous hearing to driving while disqualified and with-out insurance, and appeared at Lowestoft Magistrates' Court on Tuesday to be sentenced.

District judge David Cooper said he had the powers to impose a 12-week jail sentence for the offence, but instead gave her a new 12-month ban, fined her £425 and ordered costs of £275 to be paid.

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