Driver spends two years fighting red light charge
FOLLOWING in the footsteps of Australian politician Paul Keating, a Caboolture woman has spent the better part of two years defending a charge of failing to stop at a red light, but her fight's not over yet.
On March 18, 2016, Anna-Marie Stancombe was pulled over by police who claimed she had driven through a red light on Morayfield Rd, Caboolture, but adamant she hadn't, pleaded not guilty.
The trial wasn't until January the next year where the self-represented Miss Stancombe was instead charged and convicted of failing to stop at a yellow light after the presiding magistrate changed her charge at the conclusion of the evidence.
This conviction was overturned on appeal in District Court as Miss Stancombe didn't get the chance to offer evidence against the new charge, with Judge Leanne Clare noting this was a "fundamental failure".
Miss Stancombe told the Daily she had entered the intersection on a green light, but traffic was banked up in-front of her and a car was sitting behind her.
She then drove forward across the intersection on a yellow light.
"My defence is that I could not stop safely," she wrote in her court appeal outline.
"I would (have) endangered lives and I had a duty to clear the intersection.
"None of this evidence was heard in my defence as I was not defending an amber light charge."
The case has been sent back to the Caboolture Magistrates Court, where Miss Stancombe will appear again on March 16, almost two years to the day since she was originally charged.
"It's funny because Paul Keating literally said everyone should challenge their fines if they think they're unjust," she said.
"He maintained it was orange, he took it to court and they said it's not proved beyond a reasonable doubt."