Mercedes Mum jailed over 232km/h police pursuit
THE notorious Mercedes Mum has been sentenced to a minimum nine months' full time imprisonment for leading police on a pursuit at 232km/h.
Margarita Tomovska, 28, was emotional as she disappeared, decked out in impeccable designer clothes, into the dock at Wollongong Local Court after Magistrate Susan McGowan sentenced her to 18 months in prison and a two-year driving disqualification.
Her solicitor Louie Angelovski told the St George Shire Standard he would lodge the appeal before the day's conclusion.
Tomovska said she was "scared" of her male passenger who was urging her on when she fled police at shocking speeds on the Princes Highway near Helensburgh in her $450,000 dark silver Mercedes AMG on November 13 last year.
She was found guilty of a police pursuit and exceeding the speed limit by more than 45km/h by Ms McGowan at Wollongong Local Court on August 30.
In her customary style Tomovska turned heads with a designer outfit worth thousands of dollars to court.
The die-hard designer fashion adherent wore clothes and accessories by Balmain, Versace, Dior and Tom Ford worth $15,000 for her final day before the magistrate.
The court previously heard a terrified three-year-old girl inside the car howled "I don't want to go to jail" as she was comforted by a kind police officer who played her Frozen songs on her iPad.
The Caringbah woman was held at gunpoint by Strike Force Raptor officers when she finally pulled over after the 10km chase.
In body-worn footage previously tendered to the court there was palpable distress in the voice of Senior Constable Nathan Grant, who was driving the police car in the pursuit, when he realised the small child was inside.
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"How can you drive that fast when a baby's in the car?" Senior Constable Grant asked Tomovska.
"When people run like that I assume they have something in the car."
Ms McGowan rejected Tomovska's submission she kept driving because she was frightened of her passenger, a man she said she barely knew from her gym named Christopher King.
Senior Constable Grant told the court officers had attempted to pull Tomovska over as they had intelligence Mr King may have had firearms in the car.
Mr King was not charged with any offences in relation to the incident.
More to come.