Late Queen's cousin is handed a driving ban
Late Queen’s cousin is handed a driving ban after Earl is caught drunk at the wheel of his £100,000 Mercedes
- Simon Bowes-Lyonn, Earl of Strathmore, was banned for 16 months & fined £1K
- He was speeding when pulled over by police and found to have had alcohol
- Bowes-Lyon, was jailed for ten months in 2021 for carrying out a sex attack
One of the late Queen’s cousins has been banned from driving after he was caught speeding whilst drunk at the wheel of his £100,000 Mercedes.
Convicted sex offender Simon Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore, was banned for 16 months and fined £1,000 when he appeared at Perth Sheriff Court today.
He was speeding when he was pulled over by police and found to be under the influence of alcohol, the court heard.
Bowes-Lyon, who was jailed for ten months in 2021 for carrying out a sex attack at Glamis Castle, was told he could reduce his ban by four months if he completed a rehab course.
The 37-year-old aristocrat admitted driving while he was over the limit on the A90 Perth to Dundee road at Inchture on 23 March this year. His reading was 55 mics, compared to the 22 mics limit.
Bowes-Lyon was charged with driving the powerful 603 bhp Mercedes AMG E 63S 4Matic at 88 miles per hour, but the Crown dropped this as part of a plea deal.
Fiscal depute Stuart Hamilton told the court: ‘At 8pm officers detected the accused’s vehicle being driven in excess of the speed limit on the A90 Perth to Dundee road near Inchture.
‘They pulled the vehicle over and he was obliged to provide a specimen of breath, which he complied with. The sample returned positive for alcohol and he was arrested. He was taken to divisional police HQ in Dundee.’
Convicted sex offender Simon Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore, was banned for 16 months and fined £1,000 when he appeared at Perth Sheriff Court today. Pictured: Bowes-Lyon today
The 37-year-old aristocrat admitted driving while he was over the limit on the A90 Perth to Dundee road at Inchture on 23 March this year. Pictured: Bowes-Lyon today
Bowes-Lyon’s solicitor said: ‘A guilty plea on the restricted basis was agreed on 6 November and the Crown narrative was agreed. There is no more to add to the circumstances, except to say my client fully co-operated with police.
‘He is the owner and manager of an estate in Angus and has business interests elsewhere in the UK. He has a significant income. He entirely accepts responsibility for his actions.
‘He recognises the danger of his actions and the potential consequences for members of the public. He fully understands public disquiet about the nature of the charge.
‘He is profoundly remorseful and sorry for his conduct and the inconvenience he has caused to the public and to this court.’
Sheriff William Gilchrist said: ‘The reading is high. Your disqualification will be reduced by four months if you successfully complete the drink driver’s rehabilitation course.’
Bowes-Lyon was jailed for 10 months and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years after he admitted carrying out a violent sex attack on a guest at his estate.
Sheriff Alistair Carmichael said the level of force, aggression and persistence shown during the violent 20 minute attack on a guest at his ancestral home meant a prison sentence was required.
Bowes-Lyon was jailed for 10 months and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for ten years after he admitted carrying out a violent sex attack on a guest at his estate
Dundee Sheriff Court was told that Bowes-Lyon had been assessed by experts as posing a ‘medium risk’ of committing more sexual crimes.
After his initial court appearance, Bowes-Lyon said: ‘I am greatly ashamed of my actions which have caused such distress to a guest in my home. Clearly I had drunk to excess on the night of the incident.
‘As someone who is only too well aware of the damage that alcohol can cause, I should have known better. I recognise, in any event, that alcohol is no excuse for my behaviour.
‘I did not think I was capable of behaving the way I did but have had to face up to it and take responsibility. My apologies go, above all, to the woman concerned, but I would also like to apologise to family, friends and colleagues for the distress I have caused them.’
The flashy aristocrat, who boasts about his love of fast cars and holidays with reality TV stars, was named in Britain’s 50 Most Eligible Batchelors by Tatler in 2019.
His family owns Glamis Castle and inherited a share of his father’s £40 million estate.
In 2010 he was banned from the road for nine months after he was clocked riding his motorbike at 100 mph on a 60 mph stretch of road.
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