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Man Gets Suspended Sentence After Flouting Driving Ban

Monday July 1 2013

Barnsley Magistrates' Court Barnsley Magistrates' Court

A MAN has been given a suspended jail sentence for flouting a driving ban - just five days after it was imposed.

Paul Hague, 52, took a chance because he felt lonely after splitting up from his wife, Barnsley Magistrates' Court was told.

Hague, who was seen driving from a pub about 100 yards from his home in Hough Lane, Wombwell, was given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for a year.

Jack Danaher, defending, said Hague, who suffers from severe arthritis, had been drinking too much and wanted to go out because he was on his own.

Mr Danaher said: "He decided to take a risk only a few days after being banned from driving.

"He would be vulnerable if he was sent straight to prison because of his health. He feels isolated and a second driving ban would be a severe punishment.

"He was stopped by police coming out the car park of a pub 100 yards away from where he lives."

Deputy District Judge Margaret McCormack said she was imposing the suspended sentence because she was 'heartened' that Hague was getting help about his drinking.

Hague was banned from driving for three years, ordered to undergo 12 months of supervision, had to pay £85 in costs and an £80 victim surcharge.

He admitted driving while banned, drink driving, having no insurance and breaching a 12-month conditional discharge.

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Reply Posted by Chris H on Monday July 1 2013 at 14:00
The above articale is everything that is wrong with this country.

Reply Posted by jan on Monday July 1 2013 at 14:12
and what happens when he's caught again.. he wasnt just driving after being given a ban.. he was DRINK driving. a ban clearly hasnt stopped him, there has been too many people killed recently in driving accidents recently, never mind letting someone get away with drink driving

Reply Posted by maxine on Wednesday July 3 2013 at 11:50
I totally agree!

Reply Posted by derek d on Monday July 1 2013 at 15:21
should have been given 2 years. judge wants time too.

Reply Posted by maxine on Wednesday July 3 2013 at 11:48
Jack Danaher how do you sleep at night?? And to Deputy District Judge Margaret McCormack..how sweet of you to feel heartened that this criminal Hague is getting help about his drinking. I hope you have both come to your professional senses by the time this happens again. Shame on you both!!

Reply Posted by rich on Friday July 5 2013 at 22:09
hang the ****** second offence tough shit unlucky

Reply Posted by LV on Friday July 5 2013 at 22:27
If he went to prison, he wouldn't be lonely, wouldn't need to worry about getting about because of his arthritis, etc, he would be given counseling about his marriage breakdown and drinking. Leaving him to go home - to probably do the same again - is practically condemning him to loneliness & drink.

Reply Posted by nh on Friday July 5 2013 at 23:07
He should have got sent to prison! Hes NOT getting help with his drinking and he IS NOT married considering his wife left him 16 years ago. Hes a waste of space!

Reply Posted by GC on Saturday July 6 2013 at 06:58
This is not the first time he hss been caught drink driving... he did it yrs ago... like the comment above sayin he was hurt due to his wife leaving him... 16 yrs ago is a very long time and it was his fault she left him!!! He should have been put in prison but saying that hes been in before and sed it was like a holiday camp so no justice really.... wonder what will happen nxt time when he does it???

Reply Posted by pat on Saturday July 20 2013 at 20:59
theres nowt wrong been a piss-head leave him alone,he needs help, do what renee says get together and surprise him. get him that scooter.

Reply Posted by renee on Saturday July 20 2013 at 19:51
all you residents from hough lane should get together and buy him a motorbility scooter PROBLEM SOLVED. [ HAVE HEART ]

Reply Posted by lol on Thursday August 1 2013 at 11:10