Drink-drive judge banned

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A FORMER judge who admitted driving while over three times the drink- drive limit was yesterday disqualified for 30 months.

John Aspinall QC, 50, resigned as a recorder after the offence in April and could face a Bar Council disciplinary hearing. He pleaded guilty to driving with excess alcohol on the A350 near his home in Spetisbury, Dorset, on 10 April.

Aspinall was also fined pounds 1,800 by magistrates in Blandford.

Magistrate Anthony Jaggard told Aspinall that his ban could be reduced by six months if he completed a driver rehabilitation course by 20 March 2000.