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Scott Gormal's driving ban must stand, magistrates rule

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

MAGISTRATES have refused a St Austell man's application to have his three-year driving ban lifted two months early.

Scott Gormal, aged 43, of Chapel Fields, Bethel, appeared before the court in Bodmin on Friday and asked for the disqualification to end, as he had a job offer.

Graham Calderwood, for the prosecution, said that Mr Gormal had been disqualified from driving on January 10, 2012, after pleading guilty to driving with 73 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath, the limit being 35mcg.

As it was his second conviction for a drink-drive offence in ten years, a three-year ban had been obligatory. However, he had completed a drink-driver course which reduced the disqualification period so that it was due to end in May this year.

Mr Gormal told the court that at the time of the offence he had a problem with alcohol, but since then he had been in a rehabilitation centre and had turned his life around completely.

He now had the offer of work with a friend's construction company.

While the offer was not dependent on him being able to drive, he had been told it would be beneficial as the work was located throughout Cornwall and other staff members, apart from the boss, did not drive.

Chairman of the bench John Jay told Gormal: "We're very encouraged that you have made such great efforts to overcome your alcohol problem but the application is refused as it was an obligatory sentence and the ban only has two months to go."

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