Fatal crash babysitter fights to get licence back

Courteney Matthews at her last court appearance at Casino Local Court.
Courteney Matthews at her last court appearance at Casino Local Court. Hamish Broome

THE babysitter of a four-year-old girl who was killed in a horror crash near Casino last year has appeared in court to try and get her licence back.

Courteney Matthews, 19, has been charged with dangerous driving occasioning death over the crash last December, which killed Casino policeman's daughter Elle Underhill.

Two other children were also hurt in the crash.

Matthews appeared in Casino Local Court yesterday, where she applied for the licence suspension to be lifted.

"Matthews argued she needed her licence to work at a local McDonald's restaurant, to attend dance eisteddfods from the Gold Coast to Coffs Harbour and to help drive her three younger sisters around," the Courier Mail has reported.

"In an affidavit, lawyers contended Matthews' mother had been put under 'enormous pressure' since the licence suspension and been forced to take indefinite leave from work.

"The lawyers also argued that Matthews would be off the road for at least 12 to 18 months before the charges were dealt with."

The news outlet also reported that Magistrate David Heilpern ruled Matthews had not demonstrated the "exceptional circumstances" needed to get her licence back.

She will appear in court again in September.

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