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A 36-year-old father of one has appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court on charges causing death by careless driving while unfit through drugs after an incident on the A32 with left a 56-year-old woman dead.

Steven Agar, who had been under the influence of cannabis at the time of the incident, addressed the court to enter his guilty plea and to confirm his identity as his family and that of his victim, Gena Close, watched from the public gallery.

Mrs Close’s family paid tribute, calling her a “devoted mother” who died after being rushed to Southampton General Hospital on August 23, 2017.

Paul Walker, speaking on behalf of Agar, requested his client be released on bail pending sentencing in order for the probation service to compile a pre-sentence report, and so that Agar could address a letter to Mrs Close’s family. He said Agar wanted to “express his feeling of regret and remorse toward the family”.

He went on to say: “He tells me he has attempted to write a letter to Gena Close’s family but his emotions simply overcome him on many occasions.

“It’s something he will do, but he’s found it extremely difficult.”

Judge Timothy Mousley QC granted bail until May 25, adding: “Any of that information will only be relevant to the length of the sentence, it will be a sentence of some length,” and he imposed an interim disqualification prior to the sentencing date.

Mr Walker stated: “Mr Agar hasn’t stepped foot in a motor car as driver or passenger since.”

Agar faces a maximum sentence of 14 years in prison for causing death while driving under the influence of drugs, however following a major consultation the government plans to increase this to life imprisonment.

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Drug Driving Roofer Loses Licence And Job

A roofer from Peterless has lost his job as a roofer after appearing at South Durham Magistrates on drug driving charges.

Police pulled 20-year-old Paul Christopher Devine over after observing him driving “aggressively”, prosecutor John Garside told the court.

Devine said that while he had taken some cocaine the night before he had done so socially, was not a regular user, and did not realise it would still be in his system, according to his solicitor Tom Morgan.

Mr Morgan added: “He has learned his lesson. He has actually lost his employment as a result of this. He was in the roofing trade and needed his licence for work and his employment has already been terminated, so he has lost out in more ways than just transport.”

After pleading guilty to the drug driving charges, Magistrates banned Devine from driving for 12 months, imposed a fine of £120, and was ordered to pay £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

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Drink Driving Ski Instructor Banned From Roads For A Year

A teenage ski instructor has been banned from driving for a year after being convicted of drink driving at Kirklees Magistrates court.

Harrison Burgess, 18, told the court he got behind the wheel while over the prescribed limit because he didn’t have enough money left for a taxi.

Police pulled Burgess over as he drove along Wakefield Road, Scissett, at around 1.30am on April 17, said Vanessa Jones for the prosecution.

They administered a breath test which showed him to have 54mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. The legal limit is 35mcg.

Burgess, who chose to represent himself and who has no previous convictions, told the court that he had recently returned from a ski instructors’ course in Italy. He had been visiting a friend in town who had also attended the course.

“I parked up and went to a few pubs and I later realised that I didn’t have enough money for a cab home,” he said.

“I thought I was feeling fine and that clearly was not the case.

I’m really sorry about what happened and I understand the consequences.”

After he pleaded guilty to the drink driving charges, Magistrates banned the teenager from driving for 12 months as well as fining him £120, plus £85 costs and a £30 victim surcharge.

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Drink Driving Police Officer Banned After Being Caught Twice Legal Limit

An officer from Swansea Police who was caught at more than twice the legal drink drive limit when she arrived at work has been banned from driving for 20 months.

PC Sara Morris, 47, now faces a disciplinary hearing which could end her impeccable 23-year police career.

Sian Vaughn, prosecuting, told the court how the officer was seen arriving at Swansea Central Police station just before 7am on April 21.

“Officers on duty saw the defendant parking and when a sergeant spoke to her she wasn’t herself – quiet, detached and struggling to hold a conversation,” said Vaughn.

PC Morris was breathalysed and found to have 83mcg alcohol per 100ml breath. More than twice the legal limit of 35mcg.

During interview, Morris said she had drunk a bottle of wine and “a few inches” of another bottle the previous night.

Defending, Lee Davies said she “bitterly regretted” her actions, adding “she is at serious risk of dismissal.”

A South Wales Police spokeswoman said: “Following the conclusion of legal proceedings in relation to Sara Morris, the case will now be considered by South Wales Police’s professional standards department.”

District Judge David Parsons warned Morris that her drink driving conviction “would be far-reaching beyond today”, but spared her a custodial sentence.

He banned Morris from driving for 20 months as well as imposing a fine of £770 and ordering her to pay a total of £162 in costs.

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About Freeman & Co.

Freeman & Co. are a specialist firm of road traffic and criminal defence solicitors based in Manchester but with nationwide coverage.

Freeman & Co. specialise in a wide variety of road traffic cases, ranging from drink driving, speeding and mobile phone offences, to name but a few.

The firm was created by Nick Freeman, who has been dubbed “Mr Loophole” by the press for his technical legal ability and robustly challenging the prosecution.

Nick is well regarded as an expert road traffic lawyer and has successfully represented many high profile clients for a variety of motoring offences as well as criminal offences.

The firm of Freeman & Co. embodies the way Nick works, with minute attention to detail and challenging the prosecution at every turn.

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