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Baby's arrival delays sentence on Calne danger driver
12:46pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
A judge put off passing sentence on a dangerous driver so he can attend the birth of his child.
Darren Andrews has been warned he could face jail after admitting being behind the wheel of an Astra van when it was driven dangerously.
But after hearing he is due to became a father next month Recorder Michael Vere-Hodge QC put off sentencing for another two weeks to allow him to attend the birth.
Andrews, of Nuthatch Road, Calne, pleaded guilty to a charge of dangerous driving when he appeared at Swindon Crown Court.
He admitted driving the van on the A350 at North Bradley, Bradley Road, County Way and West Ashton in Trowbridge on Sunday June 23.
Claire Evans, defending, said her client's partner is due to give birth to their first child on October 4 and asked if he could have his liberty until then.
The judge, who would normally put the case off for three weeks to give the probation service time to compile a report, agreed to the request.
He adjourned the case to Friday October 11 and imposed an interim disqualification banning him from driving until he is sentenced.
The judge told him: "This is a serious offence and any pre-sentence report will address all the options.
"In releasing you on bail you should not think that you should end up having some form of sentence that does not involve custody.
"I accept what I am told about the imminent birth to you and your partner and I am prepared to allow a longer period of time before you come back to court, by which time, all being well, the child will be born."