Legal challenge costs taxpayers
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.