Canterbury Man Loses Job and Faces Legal Action After Cocaine Use on Stag Do Leads to Drug-Driving Offence

Canterbury Man Faces Consequences After Cocaine Use on Stag Do Results in Job Loss

A Canterbury man is facing the harsh consequences of his actions after he made the decision to take cocaine on a stag do and subsequently crashed his car on the A2 near Dartford. Martyn Holder, a 49-year-old asbestos remover, was left in tears when he realized that his actions would cost him his £46,000-a-year job and his livelihood.

It all started when Holder and his friends were enjoying a boozy weekend away for a stag do. He was persuaded to take two or three lines of cocaine, something he had never done before and had no intention of doing again. However, just a few days later, he found himself in a dire situation when he crashed his Vauxhall into the back of another vehicle on the A2 near Bean, Dartford.

Police arrived at the scene and conducted a saliva test which came back positive for cocaine. Holder was arrested and taken to a police station where a blood test revealed that he was over the drug-drive limit for benzoylecgonine, a cocaine breakdown product. He was charged with drug-driving and pleaded guilty to the offence in court.

At the hearing, it was revealed that Holder had a reading of 262 microgrammes of benzoylecgonine per litre of blood, over five times the legal limit of 50 microgrammes. He also had a previous conviction from 2004, but was considered a man of good character. His lawyer explained that Holder had taken the drug five nights before the crash and that it was a one-off occurrence, as he had been influenced by his friends during the stag do.

Furthermore, it was mentioned that the accident was not Holder’s fault and that he was not impaired by the drug. However, the breakdown substance was still present in his system and he was not aware of its effects. His lawyer also emphasized the impact this would have on his job as an asbestos remover, as he needed his license to continue working and earning a living.

The magistrates had no choice but to disqualify Holder from driving for 12 months, as it was a mandatory ban for the offence. They also commented on the costly consequences of his actions, as he would not only lose his job but also have to pay a fine of £80, a victim surcharge of £32, and court costs of £85. In tears, Holder realized that he would have to make a claim for benefits and would be unable to repay the court fees in full, but the bench agreed to a repayment plan of £20 a month.

It is a sad reality that one impulsive decision can have such a drastic impact on someone’s life. This serves as a reminder to always think before acting and to consider the consequences of our actions.

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