King’s Lynn woman handed suspended sentence for child neglect and drink-driving

The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711
The crest above the entrance to King's Lynn Court in College Lane. ENGANL00120120910143711

A Lynn woman has been given a suspended jail sentence after admitting child neglect and drink-driving.

The 37-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was sentenced to 26 weeks in jail, suspended for 18 months, on the drink-drive charge when she appeared before magistrates this morning.

She was given a further 12 week sentence, to run concurrently, on the neglect count.

The court heard that the woman had left her child at home alone to visit a supermarket.

Staff there alerted police when they saw her “swaying” and trying to get into the driver’s seat of a car, the court heard.

Subsequent tests showed she had 152 micrograms of alcohol in 100 millimetres of breath – more than four times over the legal limit of 35.

Fergus Harold, prosecuting, said that the woman had described herself as a “four or five out of 10” in terms of intoxication.

It was at this point that she told police that she had left her child at home asleep.

The court heard that police immediately went to the address to find the property was insecure but the child was unharmed.

Police found a contact number for the child’s father and phoned him. He arrived 15 minutes later.

The woman said in a police interview that she had been at a family barbecue earlier in the day where she had consumed a two-litre bottle of cider and a couple of glasses of wine.

The court was told that she did not describe herself as an alcoholic but had sought help from Norfolk Recovery Partnership of her own accord.

Andrew Cogan, mitigating, said that the child was left alone for a short period of time and that the woman had driven a short distance to the Tesco store.

The court heard that she was remorseful and was concerned about the effects a jail sentence would have on her family.

Mr Cogan quoted her as saying: “I hate myself for having left my child alone.”

Sentencing, chairman of the bench Jim Dinnes told her that she had narrowly missed serving a jail sentence.

They handed the woman a three year driving ban, further ordering her to pay a £115 victim surcharge and complete a 17-day rehabilitation activity requirement.