A MAN from Malpas has avoided an immediate prison sentence for dangerous driving. 

Gary Kennedy-Rosney, of Lynchet Road, was three times the drink-drive limit and had a knife in his possession when he was stopped while driving a Mini Cooper on Old Hall Street on November 12, last year.

The 63-year-old pleaded guilty to all three charges at Chester Magistrates' Court in April having previously denied the offences.

He was sentenced last week.


The court was told Kennedy-Rosney had been driving dangerously in Old Hall Street and when he was stopped he had in his possession a lock knife.

A breath test showed he had 111 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath - the legal limit is 35mcg.

For the dangerous driving charge he was sentenced to 15 months in prison, suspended for two years.

He was also handed an automatic driving ban for 20 months and given an electronic tag which will be in place for three months and will mean he has to be at his home address between 9pm and 9am.

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Kennedy-Rosney will also be the subject of a 12-month supervision order to include alcohol abstinence and monitoring.

For the knife offence, magistrates sentenced him to nine months in prison, also suspended, to run concurrently; and for the drink-driving charge he was sentenced to 20 weeks in prison, also suspended, to run concurrently.

The defendant must also pay a £187 victim surcharge.

Magistrates also ordered the forfeiture and destruction of the knife.