Russian doctor banned after drink drive trip to Helston Tesco

Falmouth Packet: Russian doctor banned after drink drive trip to Helston Tesco Russian doctor banned after drink drive trip to Helston Tesco

A Russian woman doctor given an 15-month driving ban by Truro magistrates for drink driving would be virtually housebound at her remote home near Manaccan, without her licence, her solicitor David Munro said.

Lana McCallum, aged 43, from Gillan, pleaded guilty to drink driving at Gillan on June 5 when she tested at 55 mcg alcohol in breath, 20 points over the limit.

Anita Kennett, for the CPS, said police were told that she could be a drink driver and went to her address, where they saw her drive up, clearly in drink.

She told them when arrested that her life was over, but did not elaborate on that.

Mr Munro said her court appearance was due to someone, she did not know who, reporting her to the police.

She lived in a remote part of the county with her husband, a consulting engineer, and was deeply reliant on him for income.

That day they had been celebrating the fifth anniversary of their first going out together, and had been enjoying a couple of glasses of wine. Visitors were due, however, and there was an urgent need to buy supplies for them from Tesco in Helston. McCallum went out to shop, and was seen by the police on her return.

Mr Munro said she was Russian by birth, a qualified doctor, but had never practised in the UK.

Without transport she would be effectively housebound, with her husband as her only link to the outside world, and he worked away much of the time.

Since a teenager she had suffered from profound anxiety attacks and took prescribed medication for it. Her arrest had been traumatic, leaving her in a state of profound shock.

McCallum, who had no previous convictions, was banned from driving for 15 months, fined £400 and £125 costs and surcharge.

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11:42am Tue 24 Jun 14

Gill Z Martin says...

I suggest she invests in a computer/tablet/smar
t phone, that will give her a link to the outside world via the Internet, and she can do her Tesco shopping online!
Alternatively, use a bike, bus or walk.
No mention of the word 'sorry' I notice, I am glad there were no adverse consequences for any third party.
I suggest she invests in a computer/tablet/smar t phone, that will give her a link to the outside world via the Internet, and she can do her Tesco shopping online! Alternatively, use a bike, bus or walk. No mention of the word 'sorry' I notice, I am glad there were no adverse consequences for any third party. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 9

11:51am Tue 24 Jun 14

meerkats says...

Effectively housebound , gross misuse of words.
Effectively housebound , gross misuse of words. meerkats
  • Score: 7

3:22pm Tue 24 Jun 14

MARTIN GILL says...

Gill Z Martin wrote:
I suggest she invests in a computer/tablet/smar

t phone, that will give her a link to the outside world via the Internet, and she can do her Tesco shopping online!
Alternatively, use a bike, bus or walk.
No mention of the word 'sorry' I notice, I am glad there were no adverse consequences for any third party.
There are some very steep Hills in Gillan, as i found last September when walking the Coast Path. I am sure that if she walked, or used a Bike to get to the nearest shop she'd soon get fit.!
[quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: I suggest she invests in a computer/tablet/smar t phone, that will give her a link to the outside world via the Internet, and she can do her Tesco shopping online! Alternatively, use a bike, bus or walk. No mention of the word 'sorry' I notice, I am glad there were no adverse consequences for any third party.[/p][/quote]There are some very steep Hills in Gillan, as i found last September when walking the Coast Path. I am sure that if she walked, or used a Bike to get to the nearest shop she'd soon get fit.! MARTIN GILL
  • Score: 6

3:33pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Gill Z Martin says...

MARTIN GILL wrote:
Gill Z Martin wrote:
I suggest she invests in a computer/tablet/smar


t phone, that will give her a link to the outside world via the Internet, and she can do her Tesco shopping online!
Alternatively, use a bike, bus or walk.
No mention of the word 'sorry' I notice, I am glad there were no adverse consequences for any third party.
There are some very steep Hills in Gillan, as i found last September when walking the Coast Path. I am sure that if she walked, or used a Bike to get to the nearest shop she'd soon get fit.!
Yes, maybe not so practical for a bike, however, I do not really buy the story about being cut off from the outside world, presumably her husband is home occasionally and could take her out, or perhaps she should move home.
[quote][p][bold]MARTIN GILL[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: I suggest she invests in a computer/tablet/smar t phone, that will give her a link to the outside world via the Internet, and she can do her Tesco shopping online! Alternatively, use a bike, bus or walk. No mention of the word 'sorry' I notice, I am glad there were no adverse consequences for any third party.[/p][/quote]There are some very steep Hills in Gillan, as i found last September when walking the Coast Path. I am sure that if she walked, or used a Bike to get to the nearest shop she'd soon get fit.![/p][/quote]Yes, maybe not so practical for a bike, however, I do not really buy the story about being cut off from the outside world, presumably her husband is home occasionally and could take her out, or perhaps she should move home. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 7

3:53pm Tue 24 Jun 14

meerkats says...

Gill Z Martin wrote:
I suggest she invests in a computer/tablet/smar

t phone, that will give her a link to the outside world via the Internet, and she can do her Tesco shopping online!
Alternatively, use a bike, bus or walk.
No mention of the word 'sorry' I notice, I am glad there were no adverse consequences for any third party.
i think she is only feeling sorry for herself , not her actions. Re ypur recent comment the area maybe not practical for a bike , but drink driving is not practical either. Why do people do it and then come up with feeble excuses etc as to why they did it or how it would affect them if they are banned.
[quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: I suggest she invests in a computer/tablet/smar t phone, that will give her a link to the outside world via the Internet, and she can do her Tesco shopping online! Alternatively, use a bike, bus or walk. No mention of the word 'sorry' I notice, I am glad there were no adverse consequences for any third party.[/p][/quote]i think she is only feeling sorry for herself , not her actions. Re ypur recent comment the area maybe not practical for a bike , but drink driving is not practical either. Why do people do it and then come up with feeble excuses etc as to why they did it or how it would affect them if they are banned. meerkats
  • Score: 8

5:05pm Tue 24 Jun 14

Gill Z Martin says...

meerkats wrote:
Gill Z Martin wrote:
I suggest she invests in a computer/tablet/smar


t phone, that will give her a link to the outside world via the Internet, and she can do her Tesco shopping online!
Alternatively, use a bike, bus or walk.
No mention of the word 'sorry' I notice, I am glad there were no adverse consequences for any third party.
i think she is only feeling sorry for herself , not her actions. Re ypur recent comment the area maybe not practical for a bike , but drink driving is not practical either. Why do people do it and then come up with feeble excuses etc as to why they did it or how it would affect them if they are banned.
I know I personally never apologize to anyone about anything unless I am genuinely sorry, but it might have been nice had she shown some remorse or acknowledged she was in the wrong.
[quote][p][bold]meerkats[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gill Z Martin[/bold] wrote: I suggest she invests in a computer/tablet/smar t phone, that will give her a link to the outside world via the Internet, and she can do her Tesco shopping online! Alternatively, use a bike, bus or walk. No mention of the word 'sorry' I notice, I am glad there were no adverse consequences for any third party.[/p][/quote]i think she is only feeling sorry for herself , not her actions. Re ypur recent comment the area maybe not practical for a bike , but drink driving is not practical either. Why do people do it and then come up with feeble excuses etc as to why they did it or how it would affect them if they are banned.[/p][/quote]I know I personally never apologize to anyone about anything unless I am genuinely sorry, but it might have been nice had she shown some remorse or acknowledged she was in the wrong. Gill Z Martin
  • Score: 6

10:10am Mon 30 Jun 14

telstar1962 says...

Only takes 15 to 20 minutes to cycle to St Keverne from Gillan

There's also a bus which services the villages of St Keverne, Porthallow, Gillan, Helford, Manaccan, St Martin and Mawgan into Helston on a daily basis.

To say she is cut off from civilization or housebound, is a bit dramatic
Only takes 15 to 20 minutes to cycle to St Keverne from Gillan There's also a bus which services the villages of St Keverne, Porthallow, Gillan, Helford, Manaccan, St Martin and Mawgan into Helston on a daily basis. To say she is cut off from civilization or housebound, is a bit dramatic telstar1962
  • Score: 3

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