Le­gal chal­lenge costs tax­pay­ers

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your -

DRINK driver Va­ler­ijs Kruglovs has had his drink driv­ing sen­tence cut by two months.

He had been jailed for 26 months for be­ing four times over the le­gal limit when he was in­volved in a hor­rific crash on the A47 at Guy­hirn.

He al­most killed him­self and a fam­ily of five with his dan­ger­ous, drunken driv­ing.

He wasn’t just a lit­tle over the limit, the court had heard that he’d been drink­ing for much of the day be­fore the crash.

Now it seems his lawyers have ap­pealed that sen­tence and af­ter an Ap­peal Court hear­ing it has been re­duced.

The Ap­peal Court judges ruled that the judge in the orig­i­nal case had not given Kruglovs enough credit for an early guilty plea.

Given the cir­cum­stances of the crash and the vol­ume of al­co­hol in his blood it seems that Kruglovs would have had a hard time con­vinc­ing any court that he was in­no­cent! A cynic might say he had lit­tle choice but to plead guilty at an early stage.

The point is that his ap­peal will have cost the tax­pay­ers thou­sands of pounds.

The bud­get has high­lighted the fact that there are many things that the coun­try can’t af­ford.

Highly ex­pen­sive le­gal hear­ings that are likely to make only a mod­est ad­just­ment in the re­sult of a pre­vi­ous court rul­ing should be among them.

Kruglovs de­serves ev­ery day of his sen­tence, he’s lucky he did not cause any deaths. He has cost the tax­payer enough money.

Such cases should be re­viewed and halted be­fore they re­sult in an ex­pen­sive Ap­peal Court hear­ing.

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