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Gaywood mother arrested for drink-driving after row with husband

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A West Norfolk mum has admitted drink-driving with two young children in the car.

Caroline McGuinness, 32, arrived at her then home in Dairy Way, Gaywood, just as husband Brendan returned from work.

A row developed on the drive which turned violent in the house when she tried to strike him with a guitar and then landed a punch.

King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (53197116)
King's Lynn Magistrates' Court (53197116)

The couple had separated about three months before, magistrates in Lynn heard on Thursday.

Mr McGuinness took the children out of the car and into the house after his wife had tried to stop him by pushing him and trying to shut the car doors, said prosecutor Anna Crayford.

“He describes she’s been physical to him in the past,” Miss Crayford added.“She swings a guitar at his head. He grabs it to prevent that.

“She then hits him with a fist. The incident is captured on CCTV.”

Police arrived and arrested Mrs McGuinness after she failed a roadside breath test.

In custody she blew 56 micrograms of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath; the legal limit is 35.

She told police in interview that she had had two-and-a-half glasses of wine before returning from her mother’s.

“She said she was sorry for driving with the children while in drink,” added Miss Crayford.

McGuinness, of The Portway, Lynn, pleaded guilty to drink-driving and assault.

Ruth Johnson in mitigation, said the incident was “six of one and half a dozen of the other”.

Miss Johnson added that her client was previously of “unblemished character” and there had been nothing acrimonious between them since.

For drink-driving, McGuinness was fined £500 and disqualified from driving for 16 months, which can be reduced with completion of a drink-drive rehabilitation course.

For the assault she was given a two-year conditional discharge. An order was made for costs of £105 and victim surcharge of £50.

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