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Taxi operator admits drink driving but denies burglary

A 43-year-old Pembroke taxi operator has admitted a charge of driving while over the blood-alcohol limit.

During the same hearing, Cecil Wilkinson pleaded not guilty to five other charges including tresspassing, burglary and stalking. Speaking on the drink driving offence, Crown counsel Alan Richards said Wilkinson was driving a dark motorcycle when stopped in the Friswells Hill area.

When they asked whether he had been drinking, Wilkinson told officers, “I've had a few beers”.

He was found to have 130mg of alcohol in 100ml of blood — more than 50 per cent more than the legal limit of 80mg.

Magistrate Khamisi Tokunbo imposed a $1,200 fine on Wilkinson and banned him from driving all vehicles for 18 months.

Wilkinson asked the judge for leniency explaining that he made his living as a taxi operator and a painter, and that he has four children to support, one of whom has a heart condition. Mr Tokunbo would not be moved and stuck with the original penalties.

Wilkinson then pleaded not guilty to five other charges that took place between March 26 and 30.

He was charged for trespassing a house in Devonshire, stealing a Samsung cellphone, burglary, trespassing in another property and stalking a woman.

He was released on $10,000 bail with one like surety and ordered not to have contact with the woman he was accused of stalking. He is to appear on July 20 to face the charges.

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Published April 02, 2015 at 9:00 am (Updated April 02, 2015 at 9:18 am)

Taxi operator admits drink driving but denies burglary

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