Leniency plea for drink-driver at Boston Magistrate’s Court

A SOLICITOR pleaded with Boston magistrates to be lenient in sentencing a client who drove with excess alcohol because the offence had occurred late at night.

“The roads are not as busy at that time,” said Sacha Waxman. “The risk is minimised somewhat.”

The lawyer was mitigating on behalf of Igor Fugaleics, of Frampton Place, Boston, who admitted driving a Chrysler Voyager on Haven Bridge with 117mcg of alcohol in 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mcg.

He had been stopped at 20 minutes past midnight on June 12 by police concerned at the way the car was swerving on the carriageway.

Ms Waxman said the defendant, a 25-year-old agricultural worker who has been in this country for six years, was a hard-working man who was breadwinner for his partner and their newborn child.

She said he should be given credit for cooperating with police and for his timely guilty plea.

Fugaleics, who earns £120 a week, was disqualified from driving for 26 months and placed under a 12-month community order requiring him to carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work.

On Wednesday, magistrates also ordered him to contribute £85 towards court costs.