‘Er­ror in judge­ment that did no harm’ – de­fence

Accrington Observer - - NEWS -

DE­FENCE bar­ris­ter Ahmed Nadeem said it was a ‘very pro­found er­ror in judge­ment which didn’t lead to any harm’.

He told the court that Bell was a ‘so­cially re­spon­si­ble mem­ber of so­ci­ety’ and that send­ing him to prison was ‘not a con­struc­tive mea­sure’.

He told the court: “What hap­pened on the rel­e­vant day, he’s strug­gling to un­der­stand him­self.

“He had been in­volved with a young lady for three years.

“He was strug­gling to cope with the sev­er­ance of that re­la­tion­ship.

“It’s in those cir­cum­stances that he al­lowed his im­paired judge­ment to get the best of him.

“He drank more al­co­hol than oth­er­wise he would’ve drunk.

“It was not his in­ten­tion to drive his car. Cir­cum- stances seem to have con­spired against him.”

Mr Nadeem told the court how Bell had bought the Vaux­hall Corsa in April for £5,000 and took out a loan of £4,000 to help pay for it.

The court heard how the ve­hi­cle was im­pounded after the in­ci­dent and then ‘dis­posed of by the author­i­ties’ who re­ceived £900 for it.

How­ever £810 were ‘con­sumed by the charges as­so­ci­ated with im­pound­ing the car’ and Bell only re­ceived the re­main­ing £90.

Robert Les­ley Bell pleaded guilty to dan­ger­ous driv­ing and drink driv­ing

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