Neighbour films Painswick mother driving while banned

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A Painswick mother who had been banned from driving was filmed by a neighbour as she moved her car just ten metres into a parking space near her home.

The neighbour then sent the video to the police, who arrested 43-year-old Rebecca Overton-Applebee and charged her with driving whilst disqualified and without insurance.

The defendant, from Vicarage Street, Painswick, Stroud pleaded guilty to the offences when she appeared before Cheltenham magistrates on September 12.

Prosecuting lawyer Sonia Alford said: “The defendant is disqualified from driving until October 2021 following an excess alcohol conviction.

“On March 2, this year she was seen driving a short distance from her driveway with two children in the back of her car.”

The court heard that the defendant had been banned from driving for excess alcohol on two previous occasions.

Defending lawyer Andrew Hobson said: “No alcohol was involved in this case and my client only drove for ten metres out of her driveway to allow her friend to park her car there.

The court heard that the defendant’s neighbour bore her a grudge and provided the police with video evidence of the incident.

“The neighbour has numerous CCTV cameras and spies on my client,” said Mr Hobson.

“On the day in question he was gesticulating at my client and being verbally abusive to her.”

The defence lawyer confirmed that on normal occasions Mrs Overton-Applebee would never have driven even that short distance but she was upset and confused by the neighbour’s behaviour.

“This was an immensely short distance and my client had no intention of diving any further, said the lawyer.

Magistrates sympathised with the defendant and decided only to endorse her licence with six penalty points, fine her £200 and order her to pay prosecution costs of £85.

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