Now that I am retired having been many years a magistrate with a long awareness of the declining freedoms enjoyed by the ordinary citizen and a corresponding fear of the big brother state`s ever increasing encroachment on civil liberties I hope that my personal observations within these general parameters will be of interest to those with an open mind. Having been blogging with this title for many years against the rules of the Ministry of Justice my new found freedom should allow me to be less inhibited in these observations.

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Wednesday, 2 September 2015


Once again a young Premier League footballer who is paid an extraordinary amount of money enabling him to drive an equally extraordinarily high powered car does so after imbibing excessive alcohol causing him to crash into cyclists on the side of the road injuring one of them, damaging his bike, driving off and then crashing into a nearby petrol pump where a witness called police. It seems from the sentence that this was based upon the offence of excess alcohol which would likely have been in excess of 59mg in breath.  The guidance that with multiple driving offences often no separate penalties are given but the most serious one is considered aggravated  has been in this case stretched almost to breaking point.  Omitting the offence of excess alcohol it seems an appropriate sentence would have been similar in principle except the period of disqualification would have been limited to one year. 

I do wonder sometimes, not having had personal experience, if benches are reluctant to impose sentences of such severity man on Clapham omnibus would receive when faced with such a defendant as this man with his eloquent advocate and public persona. 

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