Mandurah woman avoids prison for not restraining child in car

A Mandurah woman has avoided prison after failing to restrain her six-year-old daughter in a vehicle and driving without a licence. 

Danielle Suzanne Trenberth pleaded guilty to forging a number plate, having no authority to drive and using an unlicensed vehicle on the road when she appeared in the Mandurah Magistrates Court on Friday. 

Police prosecutor Tamara Read told the court the 40-year-old was driving a Ford Mondeo when she was stopped by police on Baloo Crescent in Falcon, about 8.45am on March 23, 2018.

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Senior Constable Read said Trenberth’s daughter was not restrained in a booster seat required by law.

“She was not restrained at all,” she said. 

Trenberth was driving with an altered number plate and without a licence, which was cancelled on March 25, 2011 for a drink driving offence.

Trenberth’s lawyer Alex McGregor said her client had post-traumatic stress disorder, anxiety and depression after a violent past relationship, which left her in witness protection.

Ms McGregor said Trenberth's ex-partner had “smashed her face into the concrete” on one occasion.

Ms McGregor said the man had “smashed her face into the concrete” on one occasion.

She asked for a suspended prison sentence because Trenberth was sole carer of her two daughters. 

Magistrate Anne Longden told the court it was a “big worry” Trenberth was back in court for driving offences.

“Your fines have accumulated and you have continued to offend,” she said.

Trenberth was sentenced to seven months prison, which was suspended for 12 months, and had her licence disqualified for nine months, on top of her other disqualifications. 

She was fined $800 and $190.85 costs.