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Islanders sentenced at Magistrates' Court

A St Mary's resident has pleaded guilty to driving while 'unfit through drink'.

Max Major-Beswick, of Parting Carn, was involved in a collision while driving his car on Telegraph Road on St Mary's in the early hours of April 7th.

During a September 25th hearing at the Isles of Scilly Magistrates' Court, prosecutor Paul Gallagher said a silver Hyundai Coupe had left the carriageway but failed to negotiate a right hand bend, ending up hitting a breeze block out building.

Police received a call from a member of the public about the collision and arrived at the scene to find the vehicle unoccupied. However, they were informed that it belonged to a 'Max'.

PC Richard Wiltshire visited the suspect's house but received no response. At 8.15am, his girlfriend called police to say he had crashed a car and was asked to tell him to attend the scene. He failed a breath test and was arrested, with a blood test taken at 10.25am. His sample came back just under the limit, but Gallagher pointed out that it had been taken several hours after the accident.

Representing himself, 27-year-old Max apologised for the incident and said he had made a mistake.

District judge Diana Baker said she would not give Max a community order because she was giving him credit for previous good character, pleading guilty straight away and co-operating with the police. However, she said he was fortunate not to have been charged with failure to report for leaving the scene after the crash.

He was disqualified for 16 months, to be reduced by 17 weeks if he completes a drink-drive rehabilitation course in the next nine months. He was also given a £610 fine and ordered to pay £85 court costs and a £61 victim surcharge.

Natasha Oakley also appeared at the Magistrates' Court charged with 'causing unnecessary suffering to a protected animal', namely horses Harley and Bertie, between August 22nd 2017 and January 16th 2018. She was accused of failing to look after the horses' health (hooves, teeth) and basic daily needs such as watering and grazing.

Natasha, of 2 Parade House on St Mary's, was banned from keeping a horse for seven years and told she cannot challenge the ban until the fifth year. She was also given a £1,562 compensation order.

The 29-year-old, whose guilty plea was taken into account when imposing the sentence, was also deprived of ownership of the horses by order of the Court.

The Isles of Scilly Magistrates' Court was held in the Wesleyan Chapel on St Mary's.


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