A WOMAN who took the blame for her Port Fairy partner’s erratic driving in an attempt to stop him going to jail has been convicted and fined $1000 for perjury.
Casey Natalie Da Ros, 32, yesterday pleaded guilty in the Warrnambool Magistrates Court to perjury.
Da Ros lives in Port Fairy with her partner Paul McIntosh and their two children. She is now heavily pregnant.
Late last year, friends lent Da Ros a 1996 Holden sedan. McIntosh was a disqualified driver at the time.
Despite not having a licence, Da Ros took the blame for dangerous driving which involved a burnout and the Holden sedan almost colliding with another car on November 10.
McIntosh denied driving but the couple’s evidence conflicted with that of eye-witnesses.
Police charged McIntosh with driving while disqualified and hoon driving. On May 7 this year he was jailed for four months. The offending breached two previously suspended sentences.
On May 24, police interviewed Da Ros and she admitted to attempting to divert the police investigation, saying she had been trying to protect her family.