Motorist fitted with tag after being caught driving while disqualified

A motorist has been fitted with an electronic tag and handed a four-year ban after was she was caught driving while disqualified and without insurance.

Gillian Reid, 48, who narrowly avoided a jail sentence, mouthed off at Paisley Sheriff Court after she was handed her punishment as an alternative to custody.

Reid, of Merlinford Drive, Dean Park, Renfrew, appeared for sentencing after pleading guilty to the charges.

Procurator fiscal depute Carol Cameron said police received a tip-off at 6.30pm on September 20 and went to her door, where she was spotted getting out of her silver Vauxhall Astra and walking to her home.

Ms Cameron said: “Officers wanted to check on the accused.

“Police felt the engine compartment of the car.

“It was warm. Officers also felt the brake discs. These were also warm to the touch. This indicated to police that the vehicle had been driven recently.

“Police then carried out door to door inquiries and that information provided confirmed the suspicions of the police that the accused was driving while disqualified.”

She initially tried to blame her mother first, then claimed she was driving because her ex-partner, Barry Staniforth, had been “threatening her”.

Defence agent Ruth Menzies said there was a background involving her client’s ex-boyfriend Staniforth, who has been handed a non harassment order preventing him from approaching her or contacting her.

She said: “She is highly embarrassed to find herself before the court and admits she is ashamed by the events.

“She is a long-standing victim of domestic abuse. She experienced anxiety after being approached by members of the community who were approached by her

“However, she admits the offence was dangerously and entirely irresponsible.”

Ms Menzies added Reid has been battling drug problems and has sought help from Renfrewshire Drugs Service in tackling her addiction.

Sheriff Tom McCartney told her driving while disqualified was a serious offence that can result in a prison sentence.

However, after looking at her record of previous convictions, he spared her jail, placing her on an electronic tag for six months, requiring her to remain indoors between 7pm and 7am.

He also fined her £270, and banned her from driving for four years.

She responded, saying: “What my partner got was ridiculous compared to what I got.”

Reid was then advised by Sheriff McCartney to keep quiet and “say nothing else”.

She was ordered to repay her fine at £10 per fortnight.

Daily Record – Paisley