Young mum Nicole Busuttil banned for crashing into Beeston toy shop window is jailed after police catch her driving again
A YOUNG mum who received a suspended prison sentence for smashing her car into the window of a toy shop has been sent to prison after she was caught driving again.
Nicole Busuttil careered into Applebee's toy shop, in Wollaton Road, Beeston, last February, causing £4,000 damage.
The 22-year-old ran off wearing a pair of slippers, leaving her red Ford Fiesta embedded in the front of the shop. She was caught the following day.
Despite the seriousness of the offence, a judge took pity on her because she had a young son and let her go with a suspended prison sentence and a 12-month driving ban in November last year.
But now she has been put behind bars after Nottingham Crown Court heard how she ignored the order of the court.
Just four weeks after she was given a second chance, she was back behind the wheel again.
Busuttil was caught driving a Vauxhall Corsa hire car outside her home in Rathvale Court, Beeston, on December 3, with a Christmas tree in the back.
Judge Michael Stokes QC, who sentenced her originally, said: "I should have sent you to prison on November 7. I didn't. I am not giving you another chance. This is a calculated defiance of the law."
He gave her six months for breaching the suspended sentence for dangerous driving and three months concurrently for driving while disqualified and without insurance in the Corsa.
She was given a longer driving ban of 18 months. All the offences were admitted.
The court was told how she was given the hire car because of another accident.
She had failed to inform the hire company she was disqualified from driving.
The judge said: "She had a month to inform them she was a disqualified driver. She put them at risk by not informing them."
Busuttil has previous convictions for possessing cannabis, common assaults, using racially abusive behaviour and failing to surrender to bail.
She had driven on this occasion because she urgently needed to pay money into her bank account in Beeston, the court was told.
A payment was due on an insurance premium, the court heard.
She bought the Christmas tree from the Argos store close to the bank.
Dean Bower said, in mitigation: "Whether it was a defiance of the law or not, it was a foolish thing to do.
"She was panicking about getting the money into the bank that day at HSBC, Beeston."
He said she has a five-year-old son and lives in a property rented from Broxtowe Borough Council.
She had been studying for a Level 2 NVQ in business administration.
Mr Bower said: "She was off the rails as a teenager. She is still only 22. She has stopped drinking and smoking cannabis."