A MOTHER-OF-TWO who took 20 minutes to fill her car up with petrol and then drove off without paying has been disqualified from driving.
Samantha Sian Davies, 26, of Bryn Goleu, Southsea, filled her car with £29.92 of unleaded petrol from Sainsbury’s petrol station at Plas Coch retail park, Wrexham, on August 24.
At a hearing at Wrexham Magistrates Court she was sentenced to a two month night curfew which will run until December 17 and ordered to pay for the costs of the petrol to Sainsbury’s. Davies was banned from driving for six months.
She pleaded not guilty at a hearing on September 18 and faced a trial at Wrexham magistrates who found her guilty of making off without payment.
Davies was seen by staff at the filling station park up alongside a dozen different petrol pumps before finally filling up at a pump close to the exit.
Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said Davies, having filled the car up, simply drove off without even considering entering the kiosk to pay.
He said the whole incident of changing petrol pumps took about 20 minutes and staff were alerted by the erratic nature of parking.
Euros Jones, defending, said Davies thought her father was going to pay for the petrol and that her three-year-old daughter was also in the car with her at the time.
Andrew Connah, probation officer, told the court that Davies had two children aged one and three and cared for them as a single mother.
District Judge Andrew Shaw said: “This is a serious offence and one you have been found guilty of. The curfew imposed should not make life too difficult for you as your children are not at an age when they are very active at night.”