Murray’s very Mary Christmas

WODONGA woman Mary Jane Barrett was yesterday the recipient of some early Christmas cheer from Albury magistrate Tony Murray.

Barrett has been on remand since her arrest on November 25 for disqualified driving. Police also discovered outstanding arrest warrants for two other similar matters.

She appeared for sentencing in Albury Local Court and Mr Murray imposed a 12-month jail term.

But he reduced the minimum period to just one month allowing for Barrett’s release on Christmas Eve.

Mr Murray indicated he normally did not impose such a short jail term for similar offences.

Barrett, 45, of Quirk Court, was caught driving while disqualified on December 27 last year.

She was sentenced by magistrate Megan Greenwood on April 23 and put on a 12-month bond.

But just three months later, she was caught behind the wheel when heading from Albury to Wodonga about 5.10pm on July 27.

Police were patrolling in a vehicle with mobile data terminal technology and it showed the registration of Barratt’s vehicle had expired four days earlier.

Barrett was travelling south in Wodonga Place and police activated the lights on their vehicle.

She did not stop until she got into Victoria and police were unable to arrest her on a warrant issued at court on July 19.

A further warrant was issued for her on August 13 for the offence a little more than two weeks earlier.

Police were patrolling Dean Street, Albury, about 5.10pm on November 25.

She was stopped for a random breath test.

She stopped in front of the police station and the test was negative, but Barrett conceded she did not have a licence when asked for it.

She produced a bank debit card in her name for identification.

After a check by police, the outstanding warrants were revealed and she was arrested.

Barrett’s present disqualification expires on April 23 next year and Mr Murray extended her driving ban for three years from that date.

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