The FORMER Hollyoaks star was caught TWICE for speeding in six weeks but managed to avoid a driving ban so she could take her 14-year-old son to football practice.
Fina Oruche played Gabby Sharp on the Channel 4 soap opera in 2010 – now more than a decade later, she narrowly escaped a driving ban in Wirral Magistrates’ Court.
The 52-year-old successfully talked herself out of punishment by convincing the referees she needed a car to take her son to football practice.
She pleaded with the court for the sake of her “gifted” young son, who “wants to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo.”
The teenager has signed a two-year deal with League Two club Crewe Alexandra, who train several times a week in Cheshire, officials have heard.
Earlier this year, the former TV star was captured twice by the same speed camera over the course of six weeks as she drove from her family’s home in Liverpool to the training ground.
Fina’s blue Fiat 500 was caught at 36 mph and 37 mph in zone 30.
But the mom, who claimed she thought it was a 40 mph zone, managed to convince the court that her car was absolutely essential to her son’s future career.
Fina said with tears in her eyes, “I have a 14-year-old son who has athletic ability.
“He has a two-year contract with Crewe Alexandra, he has to train four times a week and he has to travel long distances on the weekends.
“He has worked hard since he was eight years old to get where he is now. I don’t need a car for me, but I need a car for my son.”
She later added, “Maybe he would have to drop out if I was disqualified. He would remain unchanged. He wants to be the next Cristiano Ronaldo.”
“I have worked very hard to keep him focused and his passion is working for him. It would be a harsh move if he had to lose it.”
“I need to keep the license for my child, for my boy, to keep him informed. He does not need to be punished because I fell into the speed trap.
“I put my hands up, I will pay as much as I need. I just don’t want to lose it.”
Fina ended up paying a £40 fine, as well as £134 in legal fees and victim compensation after she confessed to speeding.
She evaded the driving ban by categorically stating that her son was too young to make the 38-mile train journey on his own.
“There’s no way he’s going to take an intercity flight at 14,” she said.
The actress added that the speeding violations were not part of a wider scheme, despite the fact that she already had nine points on her driver’s license.
She told the court: “I don’t fall out of a car drunk and I don’t drive on the highway. I absolutely accelerated at that traffic light because I thought I could. I don’t drive all over Liverpool.”
The former Hollyoaks star successfully convinced the court of the importance of having a car.
Magistracy chairman Peter Ashworth concluded the case by telling Fina: “You told us that your son’s career could suffer in both the long and short term.
“You also feel like he might go astray, so to speak. You also told us that you have health issues that are causing the machine to be used. are more limited.
“Taking into account all this, as well as your medical problems with mobility, we are ready to admit that in this case there will be exceptional difficulties.”
Fina revealed five years ago that she had taken a seven-year hiatus from her acting career. after losing a cousin to a brain aneurysm at just 19.
The Liverpool actress has been a household name for years, with roles in Knocked Down, Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Footballers Wives.
She has also modeled for several years, including walking the runway for Chanel and taking part in I’m A Celebrity.
The court case began following the news that another Hollyoaks star is back on the screen.
Gary Lucy signed up for the next series of Celebs Go Dating along with Simon Cowell’s ex-girlfriend Sinitta.
The two became the first big-name stars to sign on for the hit E4 show.