Sunderland woman escapes jail over speeding points scam

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A MUM-of-four had a “narrow escape” from being jailed over a speeding point scam.

Karen Cook-Wilson got a friend from the local pub to help her try and avoid being landed with a ban when she was caught doing 35mph in a 30mph zone when she already had nine points on her licence.

The 35-year-old was collared when the previous resident of her address realised the finger of blame was being pointed at her and came forward.

Similar “points taking” scams hit the headlines when former MEP Chris Huhne, who was Lib Dem energy secretary, and his ex wife Vicky Price were sentenced to eight months each in jail.

Cook-Wilson, of Sandsay Close, Ryhope, admitted perverting the course of justice, the same charge that saw the high-profile pair put in prison.

Mr Recorder William Lowe QC told her: “I credit that you didn’t understand how serious your behaviour was and how criminal it was, and the consequences that could have followed.

“There are people who have committed this offence in recent times who have ended up being sent to lesson, despite their high-public profile. The distinction is, you came to your senses, co-operated with the police, confessed all and were extremely remorseful.

“You have had a narrow escape today.”

The judge sentenced her to four months’ imprisonment, suspended for 12 months with supervision.

Glen Gatland, defending, said Cook-Wilson is a self-employed single mum who works hard to provide for her children .

Mr Gatland said: “She appreciates how foolish and stupid she has been.”

The court heard the frightened mum was in tears during police interviews when she realised the seriousness of what she had done.

She has never been in trouble before.