A MUM who openly drove away from court docket minutes after she was banned from driving right now smiled as she was spared jail.
Lodge housekeeper Simara Knopka, 39, was hauled again earlier than the choose she was pictured shamelessly flouting a two 12 months street ban.
Simara Knopa was seen smiling outdoors court docket right now after swerving jailCredit score: Cavendish Press
She was hauled earlier than a choose after leaping again behind the wheel instantly after being slapped with a driving banCredit score: MEN Media
The Brazilian – who doesn’t have a sound UK driving licence – had earlier been warned by Recorder Nick Clarke QC she confronted being locked up if she was caught behind the wheel on November 5.
Her lawyer described how driving away from court was an act of “lunacy” and that she had merely jumped behind the wheel fearing she can be late.
However after leaving Manchester Crown Courtroom, Knopka was noticed on the wheel of her Vauxhall Corsa and driving 20 miles dwelling to Macclesfield, Cheshire. after initially sitting within the passenger seat.
It emerged she had additionally pushed pushed herself to court docket regardless of already been banned from the roads.
As we speak Knopka, who admitted driving while disqualified, and having no insurance coverage, was given 4 months custody suspended for 2 years.
She was additionally fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £340 prices.
‘ACT OF LUNACY’
Sentencing Mr Recorder Clarke QC instructed her: “Once I sentenced you a lot may need regarded my authentic sentence as lenient.
“However you repaid the mercy I confirmed you on that day by instantly driving dwelling.
“The true aggravating characteristic right here is your flagrant disregard for the court docket order I made.”
She initially appeared in court docket for inflicting a head on smash after she drove the flawed manner down a motorway as she checked out Google Maps on her telephone.
She was spared jail — regardless of by no means having handed a UK driving take a look at or holding a sound licence right here.
She was initially convicted of harmful driving over the 1am accident on Could 28, having drank two glasses of wine earlier than driving the flawed manner alongside the M60 close to Worsley while checking for instructions on her telephone.
She crashed her son’s Nissan Micra into an oncoming Nissan Qashqai as she was about to exit onto a slip street.
She was breath-tested on the scene however discovered to be underneath the alcohol restrict.
It emerged she had not handed a driving take a look at within the UK and was being giving driving classes by her estranged husband.
Her lawyer Thomas McKail stated: “Till this 12 months she was a girl who had by no means been earlier than the courts within the UK or Brazil.
“She asks for a component of mercy right now though she appreciates which may be a giant ask having final appeared on November 5.
“She pleaded responsible to those offences and the earlier offences and accepts her choice to drive to and from court docket on that day was a lapse of judgement.
“Her good friend had agreed to drive her to court docket however she was let down by her good friend Rafa who sits behind court docket right now.
“On account of her lack of sleep, nervousness and being extraordinarily convened and anxious concerning the proceedings she determined to drive so as to be on time.
“We submit this was no flagrant disregard for the interim disqualification. She thought of it mandatory to make sure she appeared in court docket on time.
“Her choice to drive that day was an act of pure lunacy, compounded by the truth that following the sentence she had been instructed to not drive. Nevertheless, she was nonetheless in shock from the court docket proceedings.
“She needs to apologise to you and the general public for this act. She is underneath no phantasm concerning the risks posed and understands the indignant response from the Manchester public.”
Her lawyer stated her driving was an ‘act of lunacy’
The mum, 49, regarded glad outdoors court docket right now regardless of the hefty positiveCredit score: Cavendish Press
She was slapped with an extra driving banCredit score: SA