A stoned mother-of-three who filmed herself on Snapchat speeding along the M60 at 88mph before crashing her VW Golf into a barrier has been spared jail after claiming her children would be 'impacted' by her imprisonment.
Tests showed Ward, who suffered spinal injuries in the impact, was four times the drug driving limit for cannabis. She was serving a 40 month ban for a previous drink and drug driving conviction.
Well, that worked out well, eh?
At Minshull Street Crown Court...
...Ward pleaded guilty to drug driving, driving whilst disqualified and having no insurance.
So the heavy hand of the justice system should come down on her like a ton of bricks. Shouldn't it?
She was given 12 months jail suspended for two years after she wept while pleading that children would be 'impacted' if she went to prison. The children are currently in the care of their paternal grandparents.
At least they aren't living with her. Small meries!
In mitigation, defence counsel Sarah Johnston said her client spent 12 weeks in hospital and was being assessed for PTSD.
Remember when 'PTSD' was the new name for shell shock, and affected mainly soldiers? Ahh, nostalgia!
'She is a mother of three children. The children are subject to a special guardianship order in favour of their paternal grandparents.
'There have been ongoing concerns about her vulnerability throughout her life but she still sees her children regularly and is allowed to visit them.
'The consequences of that decision making in the past have never been as grave as they are on this occasion. If this defendant hasn't learnt her lesson from this set of circumstances, then frankly, no one ever would.'
I am only surprised the court didn't erupt with laughter at that. Maybe it did.