A former solicitor has been banned from the roads after a drink-driving accident. The court heard that the 66-year-old, who was on parole from a four-year prison sentence at the time, drank one and a half bottles of wine before going Christmas shopping.
York Magistrates heard that Giles Sandford Scott caused the accident on Strensall Road on December 7 while nearly three times the legal limit.
Scott had been released from a four-year prison sentence for fraud worth in excess of £500,000, carried out while he was a senior partner at a York law firm. The fraud led to him being struck off as a solicitor.
Magistrates heard that Scott had been struggling with the breakdown of his marriage following his conviction for fraud. He drank a bottle and a half of wine, then decided to drive to Halfords in York to do some Christmas shopping. He had driven five or six miles before the accident.
Brian Nuttney, representing Scott, said his client bitterly regretted his actions, which had been a wake-up call for him, and was now seeking help for his drinking.
Scott was convicted of fraud in 2016 at Teeside Crown Court after he took over £500,000 from elderly and vulnerable clients when he had power of attorney over their affairs. He pleaded guilty to five charges of fraud, six of theft, and seven of transferring criminal property.
James Bourne-Arton, his defence at the time, said: “He cannot forgive himself because of the effect on the victims and his wife.”
Clare Scott denied charges of fraudulent abuse of position as a carer and transferring criminal property, but was convicted by a jury and jailed for 12 months. She said she felt “exploited and manipulated” by her husband.
Magistrates in York heard that Mr Scott gave a reading of 102mcg alcohol per 100ml breath where the legal limit is 35mcg.
The banned him from driving for 23 months and he may have to have a medical test before getting behind the wheel again. He was also handed a 12-month community order with a 15-day rehabilitation requirement, 150 hours of unpaid work, and to take the drink-driving rehabilitation course. They also ordered Scott to pay a £90 statutory surcharge and £85 costs.
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