Ammanford carer Rhianydd Roberts spared driving ban due to "exceptional hardship"
A JUDGE has taken pity on an Ammanford carer by deciding not to ban her from driving due to her "exceptional hardship".
In the case of Rhianydd Roberts, who appeared before Llanelli Magistrates' Court charged of using a motor vehicle without third party insurance, Jim Davis decided against handing out a driving ban — due to her role as a carer for both her epileptic daughter and terminally-ill cousin.
The offence, which the 51-year-old, of Lon y Felin, was previously convicted of in her absence, saw her drive a Nissan Terrano along Quay Street without insurance on February 7 this year.
At her latest appearance, the court heard that Roberts is the carer for her epileptic daughter and terminally ill cousin, Gareth Richards.
Her policy had only expired two days before the incident, the court heard. Considering the circumstances, the judge invited her to leave the dock and move into the stand to address the court.
Roberts said: "My daughter is epileptic and goes to Llwyn y Bryn College in Swansea. If anything happens and they phone me I have got to go and get there.
"I would have to catch two buses to get there.
"My cousin Gareth Richards is terminally ill with cancer and he suffers with panic attacks in the middle of the night and it would take me too long to get to him as he lives in Betws."
Summing up, Mr Davis decided to fine Roberts £150, £20 victim surcharge and also impose six penalty points on her licence.
"As far as the endorsement is concerned this takes you to 12 points and you would be liable to be disqualified under what is known as the totting up procedure," Mr Davis said.
"But because of the circumstances we have heard regarding your daughter and cousin I'm satisfied that there is grounds not to disqualify you because of exceptional hardship.
"If you do come back before court again you will be disqualified and will not be able to put forward the same grounds that you have today. You won't be able to say that again — it won't be possible.
"You have to make sure your vehicle is fully insured otherwise the consequences for you in the future could be more severe."