Jail avoided for repeat offender

A REPEAT offender was lucky to escape jail when she appeared in Dubbo Local Court on charges of driving while disqualified, using an unregistered and uninsured car and possessing a prohibited drug.

Barbie Fernando pleaded guilty to all charges before Magistrate Andrew Eckhold.

The court heard the 21-year-old used the car to collect her boyfriend from work because it was a hot day and he didn't want to walk.

"She had purchased the car four weeks earlier with the intention of registering and insuring it,'' the solicitor representing Fernando said.

Magistrate Eckhold was told Fernando had almost completed a community service order for previous offences. She was prepared to undertake more community service.

"She is enrolled in a business administration course at TAFE and has been approved as a volunteer carer,'' the solicitor said.

Magistrate Eckhold described Fernando as immature. "You have exposed yourself to a possible two-year jail sentence,'' he said.

As an alternative to jail Fernando was ordered to perform 200 hours community service for driving while disqualified.

Fines totalling $400 were imposed for using an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

She was placed on an eight-month good behaviour bond for possessing a prohibited drug.

Magistrate Eckhold ordered the cannabis seeds to be destroyed.

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