RAF MARHAM: Aircraftsman’s career in balance
An “exemplary” senior aircraftsman from RAF Marham left his reputation in tatters this week when he appeared in court for drink-driving.
Lynn magistrates heard Benjamin Caizley is still to face disciplinary action from the RAF and could be dismissed from the service.
The 26-year-old, who lives on the base, appeared before the court on Friday and admitted drink-driving in Marham, on November 16.
A breath test revealed 93 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath – the legal limit is 35.
Magistrates said the sentencing starting point for such a high reading was a community order, but they felt it wasn’t appropriate as he would also be punished by the RAF.
The bench decided to impose a higher-level fine instead, fining him £665 with £152 costs. He was also banned from driving for two years.
The court heard Caizley had broken up with his girlfriend, and had been drinking at a mess dinner, when he decided to get behind the wheel.
His solicitor, Elizabeth Symonds, said: “He was upset at the relationship break-up and he decided to go and see her.”
He was driving along The Street in Marham when he lost control on a bend and crashed.
He abandoned his car and was later found by police at his girlfriend’s in Narborough.
Miss Symonds added: “He has been in the RAF since 2007 and up until now his conduct has been exemplary. He has brought himself and the RAF into disrepute and brings shame upon himself and his team.”
The court heard he completed a tour of duty in the Falklands last year, and hopes to go to Afghanistan next year if he is allowed to keep his job.
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