‘Appalling’ driver in Bendigo Magistrates Court

A BENDIGO magistrate slammed a woman’s driving record during a court hearing yesterday.

Nikki Schembri appeared before the Bendigo Magistrates Court to face a charge of driving while suspended.

Schembri had planned to represent herself but Magistrate Jennifer Tregent advised her she was “very much at risk of going to jail”.

Schembri was told to seek legal advice and the matter was adjourned to October 11 for a plea of guilty.

“We’re not here over a parking fine,” Ms Tregent said. “Your driving history is pretty appalling.”

Ms Tregent indicated to Schembri she was unlikely to simply get away with a fine and the consequences of her actions would most likely attract more severe punishment.

Schembri asked if the matter could be adjourned so she could make some arrangements for her young child.

“The fact that you’ve got a child will not be a reason to stop you going to jail,” Ms Tregent said.

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