Woman previously scolded for inappropriate outfit in court admits to shocking driving offences
An Adelaide woman who was told “its not the beach” when she previously rocked up to court in a singlet and shorts has pleaded guilty to drug driving.
Jazmine Ann May Edwards, 26, wore a long-sleeved black top and long dark pants with sneakers this time to Adelaide Magistrates Court on Tuesday.
There, she was convicted and fined $1100 after pleading guilty to getting behind the wheel with a combination of drugs in her system and driving while unauthorised.
Edwards was also disqualified from driving for three years.
The court heard Edwards was “a danger” to road users because she had never held a license or completed any formal driving instruction and was dependent on cannabis.
Magistrate John Wells said there were consequences for her actions.
She was charged after being stopped for a roadside breath test on June 27 last year.
“Consequences are she could get pinged for drug driving,” he said.
“She most certainly should not be on the road. She says she knows how to drive but she doesn’t.
“She can’t make that judgment when she’s never been subjected to any sort of training or license exam. She’s a danger.”
After handing down her sentence, the magistrate warned Edwards not to drive during her disqualification period or she would likely end up in jail.
The woman chuckled from the dock, telling the court that had happened to her partner who was sitting in the public gallery.
“It’s not an idle threat then,” magistrate Wells responded.
“I’m sure your partner will tell you spending time in jail is not the preferred option.
“Don’t let that be you.”
Edwards made no comment outside of court but did tell the media to “f**k off”.
Her partner, who she mentioned in her hearing, also threatened to smash a photographer's camera.
Back in January when she first fronted court, another magistrate commented on the way Edwards was dressed in the 35C heat.
She was wearing a singlet top, shorts and thongs at the time and also appeared to have love bites on her neck.
“Ms Edwards, I don’t want to sound incredibly old-fashioned, but the way you’re dressed today is not the proper way to appear in court,” Magistrate Jayne Basheer said.
“It’s not the beach.
“So next time please wear something more appropriate … I don’t mean to be rude but it is a formal court proceeding.”
Edwards then replied: “it’s 35C outside”.
Originally published as Woman previously scolded for inappropriate outfit in court admits to shocking driving offences
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