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Emneth woman breached driving ban 'after husband threatened to burn down home', court told

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A West Norfolk woman has been given a suspended prison sentence after she was caught driving while disqualified for a third time.

The latest time was just six weeks after Jenniene Baker had been banned for two years for driving on a revoked licence.

Lynn magistrates were told on Thursday that she claimed she had been heading to her former workplace Elme Hall Hotel for refuge after her husband had threatened to burn down their home in Hollycroft Road, Emneth.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (54415797)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (54415797)

Prosecutor Denise Holland told the hearing that Baker had been previous driving while disqualified matters on her record and had been stopped three times last year for driving without a licence.

“The Crown would suggest that driving just over a month after disqualification would cross the custody threshold,” Mrs Holland added.

Baker pleaded guilty to driving while disqualified and having no insurance.

She also admitted breaching an 18-month community order imposed last October.

Andrew Cogan, mitigating, told the bench that her circumstances fell just short of running a defence of reasonable excuse.

He said: “My instructions are that Miss Baker is having a pretty tough time of matters.

“Her husband was threatening not only to harm himself but burning the house down.

“Had the police not stopped her, she would have gone to Elme Hall Hotel where she used to work and was given sanctuary in the past.”

He added: “She did try to call police but they refused to attend.”

Baker was given 12 weeks’ custody, suspended for one year.

She was also disqualified from driving for three years and ordered to pay a £95 victim surcharge.

There was no separate penalty for the insurance offence and the community order was allowed to continue unchanged as she was making good progress with probation officers.

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