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Driving ban for woman who refused group sex proposal


By Lynn News Reporter


A woman who refused to get involved in group sex with her now ex-partner ended up with a driving ban.

Sophie Ellis went back to the couple’s home in West Winch and packed her stuff to leave, Lynn Magistrates' Court heard on Monday.

However, she bumped a car as she drove to her mother’s and then failed a roadside breath test.

It happened in Main Road, West Winch, at about 2am on April 18.

She was arrested but refused to provide a specimen for analysis at the police station.

The 32-year-old, of Front Way, Lynn, pleaded guilty to the offence.

Mitigating, Rob Pollington said Ellis thought her partner at the time was driving her to an address to spend time with friends.

“That wasn’t the case. He had taken her there for the purpose of engaging in sexual activity with others,” he said.

Mr Pollington said Ellis got a taxi home.

She was in fear that her partner would “pursue” her because he would have been “humiliated”.

Ellis quickly got some stuff together and also gathered up her two dogs, which she looked upon as her children, the court was told.

Mr Pollington said she did not get very far in the car before she clipped a kerb and came to a stop.

He said CCTV footage from a nearby property shows his client running around “quite hysterically” and going towards the police car when it arrives, as she then felt safe.

He said police smelt drink on her breath and noted she seemed to be unsteady on her feet.

Mr Pollington said his client’s emotions were “uncontrollable” at the police station and she was not thinking clearly.

“It wasn’t until 4.30am when mum is given the opportunity to speak to her on the phone [that she calms down]”, he added.

“This wasn’t a deliberate or flagrant failure to provide,” said Mr Pollington, who had briefly considered whether a defence of acting under duress or special reasons might be worth pursuing.

“It’s a tragic set of circumstances. She’s extremely apologetic,” he added.

Ellis was banned from driving for 12 months, which can be cut with completion of a drink-drivers’ rehabilitation course.

She was fined £80 and told to pay £30 victim surcharge.

Lynn Magistrates' Court (10345507)
Lynn Magistrates' Court (10345507)


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