Kerry Katona has been fined £500 after admitting failing to ship considered one of her youngsters to highschool.
The previous Atomic Kitten singer had initially pleaded not responsible and had been anticipated to signify herself at trial.
Nonetheless, she didn’t flip as much as Brighton Magistrates’ Court docket on Wednesday and a solicitor entered a responsible plea in her absence.
It’s the second time the 38-year-old, who has 5 youngsters, has been convicted of such an offence.
The court docket heard that Katona, of Crowborough, East Sussex, didn’t ship considered one of her youngsters to highschool between April and November final yr.
Prosecutor Gareth Jones, representing East Sussex County Council, advised the court docket that, on the lowest level, the kid’s attendance was 48%. Persistent absence within the UK is classed as when attendance falls under 90%.
Mr Jones mentioned of Katona: “There is a failure to have interaction right here. She’s not attending conferences. Letters should not being responded to.
“It is a drawback that has gone on for a while.”
Ed Fish, defending, mentioned a few of the unauthorised absences had been as a result of Katona couldn’t get childcare whereas she was working.
On different events she had not advised the college the kid – who can’t be named for authorized causes – was ailing, the court docket was advised.
Mr Fish mentioned: “She understands it fell under what was anticipated of her.
“On events (the kid) missed faculty as a consequence of Kerry Katona’s work commitments. She’s not had childcare and has to take the kids to work.
“She understands she ought to keep higher contact with the college.
“The attendance has not been the worst [the court has seen].”
Katona was beforehand warned that she could possibly be despatched to jail when she didn’t attend an earlier court docket listening to.
She had written to the court docket requesting an adjournment as a result of she was participating in a “paid occasion” in Scotland.
The court docket heard that Katona’s monetary scenario was “not nice” and she or he had been topic to chapter however she was “anxious” to supply for her youngsters.
Katona was given 14 days to pay the advantageous in addition to £325 in prices and a £100 surcharge.
Magistrates had initially handed her a advantageous of £1,000 however had been pressured to halve this after arguments from legal professionals that this was the utmost penalty for the offence they usually had not taken her responsible plea under consideration.