Entertainer Adele King, better known as Twink, spent her 62nd birthday in court being fined €1,000 for driving without insurance.
The entertainment veteran was warned by a judge that she would be jailed for five days if she does not pay within five months.
The 62-year-old entered guilty pleas to having no insurance or NCT on a 05-registered car, and driving “without reasonable consideration for other persons” on the M50 at Ballymount, in Dublin, on Jan 6 last year.
Judge John Coughlan agreed to a request from Garda Shane Bonner, who is attached to the traffic corps based in Dublin Castle, to strike out five related summons: Failing to produce a certificate of insurance or certificate of exemption to gardaí within 10 days; failing to produce a driving licence on Jan 6, 2012, as well as failing to produce a NCT cert within 10 days; driving without a licence; and failing to produce a licence within 10 days.
Maurice Coffey, defending, told Judge Coughlan the garda “saw a dog in the rear window of Ms King’s car and the window was open”, adding the officer became concerned about that as “it appeared dangerous”.
Mr Coffey explained that the mother of two had transferred her insurance to another car while she had been abroad and “forgot to change it back over”.
Judge Coughlan noted that the panto star, with an address at Idrone House, Idrone Avenue, Knocklyon, Dublin, had no prior criminal convictions. He struck out the charge for driving “without reasonable consideration for other persons” but fined her for not having insurance.
The charge for not having an NCT for the car, which has since been sold, was taken into consideration.
Speaking to reporters after the case, Twink said her experience in court was terrifying. “I’ve had happier birthdays in my time,” she said as she described the incident as a “stupid, idiotic mistake”.
“I am 44 years driving today, I got my first licence at 18, and I have no convictions, haven’t even a parking ticket, never had a conviction, never had a point on my licence.”
She said she is a real “tut tutter” when she reads about motoring offences in newspapers.
“As a young driver, I was hit by an uninsured driver and injured and I have always pooh-poohed it, so I was so embarrassed to find myself in there with something like that.”
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