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Drink drivers named and shamed after appearing at Norwich Magistrates Court

PUBLISHED: 08:12 09 December 2016 | UPDATED: 08:12 09 December 2016

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Magistrates Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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Today we can name and shame the first batch of motorists who have appeared in court after risking their own lives - and the lives of others - by drinking and driving.

This paper is supporting Norfolk and Suffolk Constabularies in their month-long Christmas drink-drive campaigns and we have vowed to publish details of as many motorists as possible who are convicted of drink-driving between December 1 2016 and January 1 2017.

Yesterday two motorists appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court charged with driving with excess alcohol.

George Giles, 19, from High Road, Tilney cum Islington, was stopped by police on Wisbech Road, King’s Lynn on December 6 after police became concerned about the manner of his driving.

He was found to have 64 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

Ryan Creek, representing Giles who admitted the offence via videolink from King’s Lynn Police Investigation Centre (PIC), said the carpenter would “lose any employment” as a result of his guilty plea.

District Judge Michael Snow said drink-driving was a serious offence because of the “risk it poses to other road users of death or serious personal injury”.

Giles was disqualified from driving for 18 months, fined £315, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Marc Limond, 44, of Kipling Close, Lowestoft, had been driving a Renault Clio on High Street, Kessingland, with excess alcohol on December 4.

He was caught after police were alerted he had been drinking at a pub. He was found to have 78 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath.

Mr Creek representing Limond, who admitted drink driving as well as driving without a licence or insurance, said the defendant told him he “has never passed a driving test” but had gone to the pub in a car he had purchased with a view to getting his licence.

Limond was disqualified from driving for 18 months, fined a total of £580, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

Meanwhile on Tuesday, four drivers were convicted of drink driving after appearing in court.

They were:

• Richard English, 45, of Sotterley Road, Beccles, Suffolk, admitted driving a Toyota Corolla with excess alcohol on Rectory Road, Gillingham, on December 2. He was found to have 88 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath and was banned from driving for 20 months, fined £440, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £44 victim surcharge.

■ Phil Janusz, 37, from Common Road, Great Yarmouth, pleaded guilty to driving a Jaguar X-Type wth excess alcohol on the A149 Caister Road on December 3. He was found to have 97 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath and was disqualified for 24 months. He was also fined £1,100, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £110 victim surcharge.

■ Kara Adams, 31, of Maygrove Road, Great Yarmouth, admitted driving a VW Beetle on Maygrove Road on December 1 with excess alcohol. She was found to have 88 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath banned from driving for 20 months, fined £275, ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

■ Joe Balfour, 20, of Beach Road, Norwich, admitted driving a Mini Cooper on Daniels Road on December 3 with excess alcohol.

He was found to have 104 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath banned from driving for 24 months. He was sentenced to a 12 month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work, ordered to pay £85 costs and an £85 victim surcharge.


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