Katie Price pledges ‘to work on mental health’ after escaping jail sentence
Katie Price has broken her silence after being handed a suspended prison sentence at Crawley Magistrates Court on Wednesday 15 December.
The 43 year old was given a 16 week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months after pleading guilty to drink driving, driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance following a crash near her home in Sussex in September.
The former glamour model took to her Instagram stories to share her statement following the court sentencing as she told her 2.6million followers: "I would like to thank my family – my children, my mum, dad, sister, brother, my partner Carl, Leigh, and my friends who have supported me throughout these past few months."
She went on to explain that she understands the dangerous situation she was in as she wrote: "It's been a really difficult time and I'm incredibly sorry for my actions – I'm sincerely grateful nobody was hurt – I realise the damage my actions could have caused not only to another family, but to my own as well."
Katie then pledged to work on her mental health as she continued: "I'm now spending time getting better – mental health is a hidden illness and can strike at any time.
"The triggers that cause my anxiety and behaviour are something I'm trying to understand, come to terms with, and learn to control moving forward.
"This will be a long process for myself and something I'll continue to work on for the rest of my life. It's also something I can work with my family so we can progress on a new chapter together."
Showing her gratitude to her fans, Katie, who recently put on a united front with fiancé Carl Woods, added: "Thank you for all the messages of goodwill that I've received.
"I'm going to surround myself with my loving family and friends and continue doing the work i love as it brings me enjoyment and helps my mental health. Thank you everyone."
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On Wednesday, district judge Amanda Kelly told Katie how fortunate she was to receive the sentence after stating that the TV personality had “one of the worst driving records [she] had ever seen”.
Despite this, magistrates deferred Katie's sentencing back in September and asked her to attend The Priory for rehabilitation in the meantime – a decision Ms Kelly seemingly did not agree with.
“The public may be appalled to hear that I can’t send you to jail today,” she told Katie court.
“But the law says that when a person has complied with the terms of their release then you have a legitimate expectation not to be sent to prison today, even though you deserve to spend Christmas behind bars."
“You are extremely lucky the magistrates on the previous occasions chose to defer sentence," she added.
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