What a laugh the rich and famous must have at us normal folks.
Drink and drive, no probs,
No licence no probs,
Multiple driving infringements and penalties, no probs.
Hire a so called celebrity lawyer, bang some heads and get of for sweet FA!
Oh my mail has been stolen for 10 years, I didn’t get the fines. REALLY.
You managed to get the invites to B grade red carpets arrive…Selective these thieves who steal useless mail! We used to say there are 2 sets of rules,
I am no longer sure how many sets they are. The rich (and de-facto rich via marriage) seem to have magic powers when dealing with magistrates. Especially in SYDNEY.
It is outrageous a women with her driving record was dealt with this way. The DPP better appeal or they will be dealing the the precedent of J. Meares forever more ( not that that means much)
POLICE are likely to appeal against the sentence handed to Jodhi Meares over a drunken crash in which she rolled her Range Rover and damaged three parked cars in Sydney’s eastern suburbs.
NSW Police have asked the Director of Public Prosecutions to consider appealing against the $1100 fine and one-year driving ban handed down to Meares at Waverley Magistrate’s Court last week.
She faced court last week and pleaded guilty to the drunken prang but had two further charges of driving while suspended withdrawn.
The 43-year-old swimwear designer, former model and ex-wife of James Packer was fined $1100 and banned from driving for a year, despite the offence carrying a maximum penalty of 18 months’ jail and a fine of $3300.
“The NSW Police Force has made a request to the DPP to review the sentence,” a police spokesman said.
Last week The Daily Telegraph revealed that Meares had racked up at least five speeding fines, had her licence suspended six times in seven years and was ordered three times by police not to drive.
She claimed that she never received many of the fines and suspension notices because someone had been stealing her mail for a decade.
JODHI Meares was on her sixth driving suspension on the night she rolled her Range Rover while more than three times the legal blood alcohol limit.
The 43-year-old swimwear designer had racked up at least five speeding fines, had her licence suspended six times in seven years and was ordered three times by police not to drive.
Lawyers and road safety advocates expressed outrage yesterday that Meares got off for high range drink driving with an $1100 fine and a 12-month disqualification period — a third of the automatic sentence of three years — for the June 2 incident in Bellevue Hill in which she flipped her four-wheel-drive and damaged three parked cars.
One prominent Sydney criminal lawyer said he was “astounded” that Meares did not even get a Section 9, good behaviour bond.
But the ex-wife of James Packer claimed that she never received many of the unpaid fines and suspension notices because someone had been stealing her mail for a decade.
“I was talking to half a dozen lawyers at court today and we all thought she should have got at least community service and two years’ disqualification,” he said.
Pedestrian Council of Australia chairman Harold Scruby called on the Director of Public Prosecutions to appeal Magistrate Julie Huber’s sentence at Waverley Local Court on Wednesday.
The former model had a blood-alcohol content of 0.181, more than three times the legal limit, on the night of the crash on O’Sullivan Rd.
Meares pleaded guilty to the drunken prang but had two further charges of driving while suspended withdrawn.
Her sentence follows The Daily Telegraph’s report showing that people in the western suburbs and regional towns are 50 per cent more likely to go to jail for high range drink driving offences than those living in Sydney’s blue-ribbon suburbs.
It was a far lighter sentence than that handed down in a Port Kembla court to a Fairy Meadow man, 46, who last week was put on a good behaviour bond, fined $2500 and disqualified from driving for two years after pleading guilty to driving with a blood-alcohol level of 0.2.
Meares’ lawyer Chris Murphy blamed a mail thief for her four fine default suspensions since 2009, saying Rose Bay police had told her that someone was interfering with her letterbox.
He said she also had her licence suspended once because of demerit points.
MEARES RAP SHEET A WHEEL DISGRACE
FRAIL Jodhi Meares tottered in and out of court on her glittery stilettos on Wednesday, staring into the middle-distance, ignoring journalists attempting to ask her questions.
The illusion she’s attempting to create is “hunted victim of rapacious media”.
But the reality is this: Jodhi Meares is a serially irresponsible driver with a rap sheet that would challenge Lara Bingle’s. Her first brush with traffic police was in 1989, when she was 18, for driving without a licence. Curiously, though, her lawyer says she’s been driving for just 19 years — since 1995.
Since then she’s been caught driving on a suspended licence at least three times, speeding at least five times, failing to wear a seatbelt, using a mobile phone while driving — and she has had her licence suspended at least six times, for a total of 33 months.
On the night she rolled her Range Rover in Bellevue Hill, her lawyer told the court she’d done an intense yoga session, eaten a small piece of lamb (no carbs) and consumed “four-and-three-quarter” drinks.
Five drinks? Really…What a load of bullshit.
I weigh a lot more than Jodhi’s 48kg and the last time I had five drinks I ended up in bed for 24 hours. It’s a miracle she could walk to the car.
Haunted by her marriage to James Packer? She’s lucky not to be haunted by something much worse: the image of an injured pedestrian or motorist. Meares could have well caused a serious accident.
The most shocking thing about Meares’ “punishment” is that it’s typical.
Bureau of Crime Statistics and Research data shows the majority (67 per cent) of people convicted on their first high-range drink-driving offence get exactly the same penalty as Meares: a one-year licence suspension and an average fine of just $1056.
For Meares, a $10 million divorcee, $1100 is no penalty at all. It’s like fining me $5. And it’s little reason to hope she might change her ways.