A MOTORIST claimed not to know that there was a woman in the boot of her car after she was stopped by police earlier this year.
Natalie Lancaster, 22, was stopped twice in the same week for carrying too many passengers in her silver Honda Accord.
And Wigan Magistrates’ Court heard how, on the second occasion, there was even someone being carried in the boot.
Katie McFarlane, prosecuting, told how Lancaster was first stopped by officers on Wigan Road, Leigh, at 7.40pm on August 16.
At that time, she was carrying four men in the back of her car – none of whom were wearing seatbelts.
Lancaster was issued with a fixed penalty notice, but did not pay the fine within the 28-day time limit.
Then, almost exactly one week later, Lancaster was stopped again by police while driving along Etherstone Street, Leigh, at 8.10pm on August 23.
On this occasion, the defendant was carrying four women in the back of her car and one woman in the boot.
When quizzed by officers at the scene, Lancaster claimed not to know there was someone in the boot of her vehicle.
Again, none of the passengers in the back of her car were wearing seatbelts.
Lancaster, of Cotton Street, Leigh, was convicted of both offences - using a motor vehicle in a manner likely to cause danger - by Magistrates despite her non-appearance at court.
However, sentencing was adjourned until the morning of December 7.