Judge sentences disgraced lawyer to a holiday on the French Riviera
28 September 2012
A retired Essex solicitor was packing speedos and beach towel this week
after a judge ruled that he could breach the terms of his strict curfew
to improve his skin condition on a beach in the South of France.
Passmore worked at his eponymous firm until last August. But his distinguished career hit a bump when he was stopped by traffic police and
found to be four times over the drink-driving limit after a night in the pub. That's a lot, and
would usually result in a hefty fine and a long ban after a good
rollicking in court. But Passmore failed to show up in court and instead, as his LinkedIn profile shows, he fled to Sri Lanka for six months. On
his return, he was arrested and received a twelve-week
suspended sentence for the drink driving, and another month on top for
absconding. He was put under a strict curfew, which required him to be
at home by 7pm (lest he slip out at night for another session on the sauce or back to Sri Lanka).
||The view from Michael Passmore's sickbed. |
Perhaps bored of Strictly Come Dancing, Passmore challenged his curfew, and appeared at
Chelmsford Crown Court this week in an attempt to have it relaxed. His reasoning: that his skin condition would be greatly
improved by a beach holiday in the South of France. Well, whose health
wouldn't benefit from a week on Cap Ferrat?
lawyer told the court that all the sunshine (as well
as the occasional salad Niçoise and chilled glass of rosé) would do wonders for his rash. Extraordinarily, given Passmore's
history of flight, Recorder Neil Graham QC agreed. Bonnes vacances, Michael.