Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 13°C

min temp: 8°C

Search

‘Britain’s worst drink-driver’ banned for five years after new offence

PUBLISHED: 17:02 08 August 2018 | UPDATED: 09:36 09 August 2018

Fiveways Roundabout at Barton Mills  Picture: GREGG BROWN

Fiveways Roundabout at Barton Mills Picture: GREGG BROWN

A former aircraft engineer, once dubbed ‘Britain’s worst drink-driver’, has been banned from the road for another five years after repeating the offence under the nose of a police officer.

Murtagh Langton was four times the legal limit as he climbed behind the wheel of his Audi S3 in plain sight of an officer at the Esso garage on the Fiveways roundabout at Barton Mills.

The 65-year-old was banned for three years in 2010 for crashing his Volkswagen Golf into another car on the way home from a new, but short-lived, job at RAF Wattisham while five-and-a-half times the limit.

Langton, of The Street, Barton Mills, appeared at Suffolk Magistrates Court on Wednesday, where he returned for sentencing following a guilty plea last month, accompanied by staff from Project Nova, which supports veterans under, or at risk of arrest.

Prosecutor Colette Harper explained how Langton was seen walking unsteadily across the forecourt of the A11 filling station at 3.15pm on July 12, by a police officer who asked if he was OK.

“His speech was slurred when he replied that he was OK and was just walking home,” she added.

“The officer noticed keys in his hand and watched him get into a car, before driving to the rear of the car park at which point, the officer took his number plate, followed him and stopped the car.

“Mr Langton is well aware of the drink-drive limits because of his previous conviction, and this offence was aggravated by the warning he received before driving away.”

Langton, who told police he had last consumed a drink 15 minutes before being pulled over on Old Mill Lane, was found to have 138 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath the legal limit being 35mcg.

He told magistrates that alcohol was a method of self-medicating ongoing mental health issues.

“I made a very bad error of judgement and deeply regret what I did,” he added.

“When I’m depressed, I don’t think logically.”

Langton said he was receiving support from Project Nova and had attended four assessments with substance misuse service provider Turning Point.

Langton was handed an 18-week prison term, suspended for 18 months with requirements to attend 30 rehabilitation activity days and complete alcohol treatment. He was also banned from driving for five years.

Comments have been disabled on this article.

This is a list that Suffolk should be proud of - 100 women who are positive role models for future generations, women who have achieved success in a diverse range of fields from business, the arts, sport and education to the third sector.

The list was put together by a panel of judges this summer after we asked readers for their nominations.

A Colchester woman accused of murdering a rough sleeper, whose badly beaten body was found in a car park, allegedly saw one of her co-defendants bite off the victim’s ear lobe and try to get him to swallow it.

Adriano Guedes, aged 65, of Kessingland, moved to England from Portugal more than 15 years ago and was admitted to hospital in 2014 after having a stroke.

A woman walking her dog along a footpath in Sudbury was confronted by a man who demanded her mobile phone.

Tributes have been paid to the former principal of Chadacre Agricultural College, John Paton Philip MBE, who has died at the age of 92.

The sea wall of an island off the coast of Suffolk is being lowered by almost half a metre to prevent it flooding in stormy weather.

A lorry has fallen on its side at an A11 roundabout.

Most read

Show Job Lists

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy

MyDate24 MyPhotos24