A drunken Russian ship captain caught sailing his 4,000 tonne cargo ship at King’s Lynn docks while over the drink-drive limit has today been jailed for 28 days.
Alexander Chukyo, of no fixed abode, appeared at Lynn Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday after police were alerted to his ship at Bentinck Dock on Monday.
The 45-year-old was arrested and charged with an offence under the Railway and Transport Safety Act 2003.
He admitted being a professional master of a ship when the alcohol in his breath was over the prescribed limit, and also failing to provide a breath test.
He was fined a total of £1,000, and ordered to pay costs totalling £315 – including a new ‘criminal courts act charge’ of £180.
The new charge comes as a result of a clause in the Criminal Justice and Courts Act introduced in the final days of the last UK parliament, and is payable by offenders in respect of offences committed on or after April 13.
Magistrates ordered Chukyo to serve 28 days imprisonment in lieu of payment, or until payment is made, believing that he would be “unlikely to remain long enough at a place of abode in the United Kingdom to enable payment of the sum to be enforced by other methods”.