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Gerard Pitt successfully overturns driving disqualification in the Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal ruled that it was wrong in principle to disqualify a defendant under s.163 of the new Sentencing Act 2020, if they had been acquitted of an offence for which a disqualification would have been available.

The Defendant was convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice following a road traffic collision, but was acquitted of dangerous driving.

In quashing the disqualification the Court of Appeal agreed that the result gave rise to the appearance that the Defendant had been sentenced for offences for which he had been acquitted.

Gerard’s submissions were described as “helpful and economical”.

Gerard was instructed by Michael Brenyah from Saunders Solicitors.