Michelle Mone banned for six months after speeding on M77

Lingerie tycoon Michelle Mone has been disqualified from driving for six months after admitting speeding.

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The 42-year-old was caught driving at 70 mph on the M77, where the speed limit is 50mph, on March 24 last year. She was spotted by officers at the junction at Dumbreck Road.

Mone, from Park Circus in Glasgow's west end, was not present when the case called today at Glasgow's Justice of the Peace Court.

Defence lawyer Graham Walker, who represented Mone at the hearing, said there was an "agreement" with the Crown that the case could call in her absence. Earlier this week, it appeared she was jetting off when she posted on her Twitter page: "Taking my wee Mum out for her birthday Then home to pack. Off to £StTropez party weekend with the girls."

JP George Fullerton handed Mone - who already had nine points on her licence - four points and a £225 fine to be paid in 28 days.

Through the totting-up procedure the mother-of-two was banned for six months.

Procurator fiscal depute Scott Dignon told the court Mone was caught by police driving her Land Rover around 70mph.

He said she was cautioned and charged by police and made no reply.

Mr Walker told the court that looking at her licence there was a "pattern of offending" that relates to using a mobile phone while driving.

He added: "She's a high profile businesswoman who works internationally, her business has global responsibilities but as part of that she regularly drives throughout the UK."

The lawyer said she spends a "great deal of time on her phone" and that "her vehicle is an extension of her office".

He also described the speeding offence as "flying in the face of previous offending" and invited the court to keep the current points on her licence and impose a short-term ban.

However, she was banned because her points exceeded the maximum of 12, meaning she was given the mandatory six-month ban.

Mr Walker entered a not guilty plea on behalf of Mone for a charge of allegedly using her mobile phone on August 12, last year on the M8, which was accepted by the Crown.


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