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Pair sentenced over uninsured crash at St Mawes

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 15, 2014

AN UNINSURED motorcyclist fled the scene of a crash which threw his passenger into a hedge.

At Truro Magistrates' Court, Simon Hodgkiss, 34, of Commerans Farm Cottages, St Just in Roseland, admitted to driving a motorcycle without due care and attention on August 10, failing to stop after an accident, failing to report an accident and using the vehicle without insurance.

Pillion passenger Danielle Nicola Watkinson, 23, of the same address, admitted to permitting him to use the bike without insurance.

Alison May, for the CPS, said the driver of the Range Rover, which had been damaged to the tune of £3,000 by the accident, had called the police. He had stopped on the narrow road at St Mawes to let a tractor pass when his vehicle was hit from behind by Hodgkiss, and Watkinson was thrown off and ended up in a hedge. Hodgkiss left the scene on the bike, which was registered to Watkinson.

Paul Simon, for the couple, said Hodgkiss had known he had no insurance and did not want to see the police. He was fined £250 and £55 costs and surcharge, and his licence was endorsed with nine points.

Watkinson told magistrates that without her licence she could lose her job and so could her partner, and they could also lose their accommodation. She said Hodgkiss had been determined to ride the bike after they had collected it from a garage, telling her if she did not ride on the back she would have to walk.

The magistrates found a case of exceptional hardship and did not disqualify her, fining her £150 and £50 costs and surcharge and endorsing her licence with six points.

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