Upset mum had drink and drove after seeing Facebook post

Court news.
Court news.

A woman, depressed by her daughter’s decision to cut off contact with her, drank half a bottle of wine before driving to pick up another one.

Kathleen McGuiness, 49, of Archers Lane, Algarkirk, appeared at Boston Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and pleaded guilty to drink driving.

Prosecutor Paul Woods said police pulled McGuiness over just after 11pm on December 15, 2013, after seeing her driving slowly and swerving from across the road.

“She said she had had half a bottle of wine and was on the way to buy another one, she said she was sorry,” he said.

She was arrested for unfit driving and later gave a reading of 92 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath (legal limit 35).

Defending, Philipa Chatterton said the incident had occurred after one of McGuiness’ daughters, who she had got on well with up until recently and helped her through some personal problems, cut off contact with her.

Ms Chatterton said the daughter left her home and did not answer her phone – however on the night McGuiness, feeling lonely, had decided to check her daughter’s Facebook page where she saw a post by her estranged mother - the daughter’s grandmother.

Ms Chatterton said: “She was shocked and devastated to see a comment by her mother saying she was ‘very, very proud of her great-grandaughter’ when she appeared in a school play.”

This led, she said, to McGuiness drinking the wine and after finishing the bottle deciding to buy another one.

She added McGuiness was ‘genuinely remorseful’.

Magistrates disqualified McGuiness from driving for 23 months and ordered her to pay a £200 fine, £85 costs and £20 victim surcharge.