Mike Warren, mitigating for Holmes, told the court he was working as a self-employed handyman and that it “beggars belief” that he had made the decision to drive to his brother’s home in Rayleigh when he shouldn’t have been on the road, having already been disqualified.
Mr Warren added Holmes accepted it was “an incredibly stupid decision”.Was it? Reader, it was not.
Because the consequences were...well, not worth a candle:
Sentencing Holmes to eight months in jail, suspended for two years, Judge Andrew Hurst said: “Instead of acting in any way responsibly you acted entirely selfishly. That footpath contained pedestrians including children.
“It is fortunate no one was killed, this could have been far more serious. You are very lucky not to be immediately going into custody.”
Holmes was also fined £250 and disqualified for another two years.
Judge Hurst added: “It was a crazy bit of driving, please don’t repeat it.”Or what? You'll disqualify him again?