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Three-time drink drive singer to get married after escaping jail

By The Citizen  |  Posted: April 16, 2014

Ian Boycott, a.k.a Tommy Fallon, avoided prison in part because of the support of his fiancee

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A GOOD Woman’s Love helped keep country singer Tommy Fallon out of jail and free to get married.

Fallon, whose real name is Ian Boycott, was told he had come very close to prison after being caught drink driving three times in less than a year.

He had feared missing his big day on April 26 but magistrates said the support of his fiancee played a part in suspending the prison sentence.

“He knows his life is at a critical point because of his health concerns,” said Leo Goatley, defending at Cheltenham Magistrates’ Court yesterday.

“He now has someone near to him to help him on the road to improvement. If you consider custody I would ask you to consider suspending it.

“It would punish but it would have devastating consequences on his health. Clearly the wedding planned would not be able to go ahead.”

Boycott, 61, of Glenmore Road, Cinderford, reached number two in the country charts with Man From Tennessee and toured the United States for 10 years.

Mr Goatley said he had offered to play free-of-charge in old people’s homes as part of a community sentence.

He has liver disease and met his fiancee at church. She is virtually teetotal and has made sure he looks after himself and does not drink, Mr Goatley added.

“This was a stupid and foolish aberration,” he said.

When Boycott pleaded guilty to drink driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance before Stroud Magistrates’ Court last week.

He told the bench he was worried he would miss his wedding if he went to prison.

That was an option open to magistrates, who heard he was recognised as a banned driver by police.

After being caught over the limit twice last July, he was found drunk at the wheel again on March 4. He gave a breath test reading of 95 microgrammes of alcohol in 100 millilitres of breath. The legal limit is 35.

The prosecutor said he was banned twice for 28 months in August, to run concurrently after being caught drink driving on two occasions in close succession.

In police interview, he said he drank a bottle of sherry and was off to the shops to buy cigarettes.

For drink driving, he was banned from the road for 38 months and given an 18-month supervision order to address alcohol problems. A prison sentence of 12 weeks, suspended for 18 months, was imposed for driving while disqualified. There was no separate penalty for driving without insurance and he was told to pay £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge.

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  • Sarah6790  |  April 18 2014, 11:24AM

    What a joke! This is not justice! Would a younger person have gotten away with the same thing? The biggest joke of all is the fact that his "good woman" drinks as much as he does. She has never stopped him drinking, and the fact is he is drunk 24/7, and you will regularly see him staggering drunk from a pub to behind the wheel of his car. Just because you have been ONLY caught 3 time really means it should of been 3000 times as you are never sober and always driving while drunk

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  • bonzaharris1  |  April 17 2014, 6:40PM

    What with the benefits cheat mum, who asked for a curfew .. but not weekends mind .. in place of her community service on account as the poor dear wasn't well enough to complete it. It seems that you can request a punishment of your choosing, which isn't really a punishment because it doesn't deprive him of his freedom, or make him pay in any way, apart from the £145 in costs and victim surcharge, with pardon the pun is "small beer". His offer to play free-of-charge in old people's homes as part of a community sentence, is hardly a punishment as it is something he enjoys. Lets hope when is driving ban is up, assuming he doesn't ignore it he doesn't kill the next time he gets behind the wheel after a bottle of sherry. Its about time criminals were given appropriate punishments rather than be allowed to snivel their way out because of the "devastating consequences" it may have for them. Its called taking responsibility for your actions, and until Judges start implementing this, and think of the victims of crime our justice system will continue to go to hell in a handcart. No wonder he is smiling !!

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  • Kay_Powell  |  April 17 2014, 6:28PM

    Well, if he can't keep off the booze when he's in love, just wait till he falls out of love with this lady!

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  • thestig2  |  April 17 2014, 5:49PM

    Good old British law, where is the deterrent of drink driving when idiots like this get away scott free, so a small fine and ban, we he already showed how cares for the law by drink driving already. bloody disgrace, this could have ended with a death because of drink driving.

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  • ivor_biggun  |  April 17 2014, 11:46AM

    He's going to regret not going to prison.

  • Justica  |  April 16 2014, 7:02PM

    So, this man has avoided prison because of the lady in his life, let's hope she keeps him off the demon drink. The people who REALLY deserve sympathy are those potential victims of his drink driving, being seriously injured or killed because of his irresponsible behaviour. It is only chance he has hasn't killed someone yet - think of someone else but yourself and how just to avoid being caught.

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