The singer is forbidden from getting behind the wheel for six months

Sarah Harding tried to get out of a driving ban by claiming that she’s not a ‘normal person’ in court yesterday.

The Girls Aloud singer had pleaded guilty to using a mobile phone in her £80,000 Range Rover on 4 April at Highbury Corner Magistrates’ Court.

Her lawyer Nick Freeman claimed that Sarah, 31, had already been ‘punished more than a normal person’ due to press attention and that she’d be ‘constantly harangued’ if she used public transport.

But district judge Nina Tempia forbid the star from getting behind the wheel for six months and told her that she should hire a chauffeur if she really wants to avoid buses and trains.

Sarah lost her licence because she’d previously racked up nine penalty points from three speeding offences over the past three years.

She was also fined £500 and ordered to pay costs of £105.

After the hearing, Sarah admitted that it’s ‘not acceptable’ to drive while making calls and that ‘people die every year’ because they’re distracted by conversations.

‘I made a mistake by using my phone whilst driving, but I was lucky,’ said Sarah.

‘I accept the court’s penalty but it could have been a lot worse. I have learnt my lesson.’

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