A 51-year-old Jandowae woman faced Dalby Magistrate Court this morning.
A 51-year-old Jandowae woman faced Dalby Magistrate Court this morning.

51-year-old widow tries to evade police after getting take-out

A 51-YEAR-OLD Jandowae woman clutched on to her handbag at Dalby Magistrate Court this morning after reliving the events from March 20.

Police prosecutor sergeant Derek Brady told the court how Janita Elizabeth Finlayson tried to evade police after getting take-out.

“Around 7pm on the offence date, Jandowae police observed an unregistered vehicle reverse out of a residence on High Street,” Sgt Brady said.

“On further inspection the silver Hyundai Getz had been unregistered since May 16, 2018, was also uninsured.

“The defendant was the single occupant of the vehicle and police intercepted the defendant when she arrived home.”

Sgt Brady also explained that a further background check on Finlayson showed that she had driven the vehicle on a disqualified licence.

“As police approached the defendant she told them to ‘f-k off’ before trying to close her carport door on them,” Sgt Brady said.

“Police activated their body camera’ as the situation became heated and tried to conduct a breath test.

“As they were trying to complete this the defendant took off trying to enter her home through a side door.”

Duty Lawyer Claire Graham explained to the court that after suffering the loss of her daughter back in 2001, Finlayson has made poor choices in her life.

“My client lost her daughter back in 2001 which has since triggered PTSD,” Ms Graham said.

“She used to be a supervisor in a factory but had to step away to deal with the trauma of losing her daughter.

Magistrate Judge Tracy Mossop shook her head as she read through the 51-year-old’s previous traffic history before condemning her of making another mistake.

“Cleary you have been the subject of a really terrible loss in your life but that does not excuse you from making these poor choices,” Ms Mossop said.

“You are well aware that the choices you have made are poor but for some reason it’s not sinking in.”

Finlayson pleaded guilty to four driving related charges and one charge of obstructing a police officer.

The 51-year-old was sentenced to three months imprisonment but released immediately on 12 parole and a disqualified licence for two years.

She was also fined $800 for driving an unregistered and uninsured vehicle.

A conviction was recorded.


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