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PUBLISHED: 16:00 27 February 2009 | UPDATED: 10:33 10 June 2010
A Learner driver knocked down a 90-year-old woman then dragged her own mother into the incident - and they both ended up in court for perverting the course of justice. Exeter Crown Court heard Roxanne Cannock, 22, panicked when she knocked down Irene Cart
A Learner driver knocked down a 90-year-old woman then dragged her own mother into the incident - and they both ended up in court for perverting the course of justice.Exeter Crown Court heard Roxanne Cannock, 22, panicked when she knocked down Irene Carter outside a row of shops in Brixington and drove home leaving the victim lying injured.When her mother, Patricia Cannock, heard what had happened she took charge of the situation to try and get her daughter out of trouble. They both went back to the scene and Patricia Cannock said while her daughter had been driving she had been supervising her.Prosecutor Gareth Evans said closed circuit surveillance cameras showed, and witnesses said, that she had not in fact been in the car at all at the time of the accident.Patricia Cannock was to say later that when her daughter turned up she had decided to "play the big mum and deal with it."Mr Evans said in the accident Mrs Carter suffered a chipped pelvic bone, cuts to the back of her head, her elbow and ankle and bruising to her arms and legs. She had to spend a week in a residential home recuperating.In a victim impact statement she had said that she wanted the driver punished fairly and banned from driving and she would like some compensation.Judge Graham Cottle described her approached as "measured and not vindictive".Mum to 'rescue'He said the situation had been aggravated by the fact that the daughter had driven home in a panic and mother had come to the rescue."The daughter dragged her poor mother into it and she ought to be utterly ashamed of herself," said the judge.Mitigating for Roxanne, Mary McCarthy said her client extended her heart felt apology to Mrs Carter and had inquired prior to the case whether she could contact the victim or send her some flowers but had been told not to.Lee Bremridge, for Patricia Cannock said she had been put upon by her daughter's extremely foolish actions.Both Patricia Cannock, 51, of Broadpark Road, Exmouth, and Roxanne Cannock of Bradham Court, Exmouth, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. Roxanne also admitted driving without due care, driving not in accordance with her licence, failing to stop after an accident and having no insurance.She was given a nine month prison sentence suspended for two years' coupled with 150 hours' unpaid work. She was also fined £200, ordered to pay Mrs Carter £300 compensation and banned from driving for six months.Judge Cottle told her: "You were unqualified and uninsured but drove to the shops with your own child in the car. You knocked down Mrs Carter and then aggravated the situation by driving off, leaving her injured. You told your mother what had happened and her first instinct was to try and help you out of the situation you had foolishly brought about."Patricia Cannock was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and Judge Cottle said she was put upon by her daughter's incredible stupidity.