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.