Jade gets six-month driving ban

Jade Goody has been given a six-month driving ban after admitting a series of motoring offences.

The former Celebrity Big Brother contestant appeared at Basildon Magistrates Court where she admitted driving her BMW car with a provisional driving licence on November 3 on the M1 motorway at Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire.

She also pleaded guilty to driving the vehicle otherwise in accordance with her licence and to driving with no insurance.

Jade, 26, pleaded guilty to two further offences of driving otherwise in accordance with her licence and without insurance on March 27 in Brentwood, Essex.

Sentencing, magistrates’ chairman Richard Albon ordered the TV star to pay more than £1,500 in fines and court costs and said 14 points would be added to her driving licence, meaning she would be banned under the totting-up procedure.

Philip Kelly, mitigating for Jade, said she had made a ‘genuine mistake’ in driving without a licence and insurance.

He said she had passed her test three years ago but had not completed the necessary paperwork to get a full driving licence.

He added that Jade had accidentally cancelled her car insurance, believing the policy related to her home insurance.

And he told the court a driving ban would cause exceptional hardship. “She is a single mother with two dependent children. She receives no support from the child’s father,” he said, adding that she was ‘totally dependent’ on her car for getting around and transporting her children, one of whom has ‘behavioural problems’.

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