Driving ban man drove car after he was ‘threatened’

A court has heard that a Spalding man was “threatened with violence” by his partner’s family and so when she told him to leave, he did so driving his Land Rover, even though he was banned from driving.

Paul Henry Crow (59) of Queens Road admitted driving while disqualified and without insurance, as well as an offence under the Bail Act, when he appeared at Boston Magistrates Court.

Prosecuting, Nick Todd said Crow, who was banned from driving on January 16 for six months, was stopped at 12.30am on April 2 at Swineshead Bridge on the A17.

He said Crow fully admitted he was disqualified but said that his partner had asked him to leave and so he had decided to drive.

The Probation Service said Crow had been threatened with violence by his partner’s family if he didn’t leave so he did so and took his Land Rover Defender so as to move all his belongings.

Mitigating, Beris Brickles said Crow had an “on/off relationship” with the lady concerned and her relatives had threatened violence if he didn’t go, so he decided to drive to Scotland where he had connections.

He said the disqualification had been under the totting up procedure and had initially been imposed without his knowledge when he wasn’t in court.

The magistrates banned Crow from driving for 18 months and fined him a total of £400.

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