Mother and son appear in court

A MOTHER and son from Worksop appeared before magistrates after the son was caught driving without a licence or insurance.

Karen and Matthew Lloyd Johnson, of Sunnybank, admitted the charges on 20th August.

Matthew, 18, admitted driving on St Anne’s Drive on 4th March without a licence or third party insurance. A police officer stopped and quizzed the teen at the Total petrol station at around 2.25am.

The court heard on the day Matthew was caught, his mother had tried to insure him, but due to a computer error the application was rejected. Mrs Johnson, 53, was charged with permitting her son to drive without insurance.

However, the teen only had a provisional licence and was not authorised to drive unsupervised. The court heard Matthew acted ‘prematurely’ in taking the car out on the road alone.

The court heard after Matthew’s premature birth, the instruments doctors used damaged his vocal chords - rendering him unable to speak for much of his life. The court heard Matthew had ‘done very well for himself’ and was to be taken on by a shop-fitting firm.

District Judge Baker said the teenager’s behaviour was ‘extremely dangerous’. She added: “This was out of character for you both and I can see that you are people of good character.”

Both got eight points on their licences and were ordered to pay £85 costs. Mrs Johnson was fined £200 and her son £130.