A JUDGE said a woman committed a “nasty” offence by reversing into and damaging a vehicle before going shopping instead of reporting the accident.
However, when CCTV was viewed, police spoke to Lucie Kovarova (30), of Trinity Mews, Ahoghill, and she admitted she was responsible for the incident in the area of the Seven Towers Leisure Centre/cinema in Ballymena on April 28 this year.
At Ballymena Magistrates Court on Thursday she pleaded guilty to charges of failing to stop, remain and report an accident.
The court heard a person parked a vehicle and when they returned there was “substantial” damage and CCTV showed a vehicle reversing into it and although the defendant appeared to get out and check the situation she then went to another part of the carpark and went to a shop before driving off.
Defence solicitor Brendan Maguire said the defendant who had lived in Northern Ireland for eight years and worked here had “panicked”.
She had a previously clear record.
The solicitor said the defendant thought the damage was “minimal” and she was very upset and “deeply embarrassed” at what happened.
The court heard the defendant is due to start work as an aeroplane cabin attendant in January.
Deputy District Judge Trevor Browne said: “It was a really nasty offence. It is bad enough hitting a car and driving off but she inspected the damage and did her shopping”.
The defendant was given five penalty points and fined £450.