Despite being convicted by a court over failing to pay for a tank of petrol, Danniella Westbrook reportedly no longer has to make the payments previously asked of her due to a legal loophole.
The former EastEnders star, 49, was stopped at the airport last month while in Ibiza after her passport thew up a warning to staff.
The warning was in relation to her previous arrest in 2018, when she was detained for 14 hours by police in Spain, later being convicted of fraud for failing to pay for £39 of petrol.
Danniella recalled driving to Benidorm to see a mate but not having any money to pay for the petrol she filled her car with.
The former Sam Mitchell star handed her driving licence and a copy of her passport to the staff member but didn’t return to pay the next day, and ‘couldn’t remember where the petrol station was anyway.’
As the issue was unsolved, it was flagged up at passport control during the 49-year-old’s recent holiday, which left her fearing that she might go to prison.
Daniella was subsequently notified of the judge that would be dealing with her case and was told to return to Spain to make payments on a plan, with the actress having shared her concerns that the amount she owed would’ve sky-rocketed in the five years since the incident took place.
A new report in MailOnline, however, states that the EastEnders icon’s conviction is now ‘spent’ due to a legal loophole and therefore she won’t have to pay anything.
According to the publication, officials had not been able to formally notify Danniella of her punishment within a year of its issue.
Metro.co.uk has reached out to Danniella’s reps for comment.
Danniella is best known for portraying Sam Mitchell in EastEnders, initially between 1990 and 2000.
The character was written out of the show, and when she returned in 2002, it was actress Kim Medcalf who played her. Danniella would go on to reprise the role in 2009, as Sam made a memorable comeback.
The actress would make one final appearance in 2016, as Sam returned to Walford for mum Peggy’s funeral.
Kim Medcalf, meanwhile, reprised the role last year. Her iteration of Sam is currently off-screen, though is expected to return later this year.
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