Royal Relative’s Legal Woes: Simon Bowes-Lyon Banned from Driving
In a recent legal development, Simon Bowes-Lyon, the Earl of Strathmore and a cousin of the late Queen, has faced a driving ban and a fine of £1,000. The aristocrat, previously convicted of a sex attack, found himself in trouble again, this time for speeding while under the influence of alcohol.
Conviction Details: 16-Month Driving Ban and Fine
Appearing at Perth Sheriff Court, Bowes-Lyon was banned from driving for 16 months and fined £1,000. The court heard that he was pulled over by police for speeding, and subsequent tests revealed he was over the legal alcohol limit.
The 37-year-old aristocrat admitted guilt and was informed that completing a rehabilitation course could reduce his ban by four months.
Incident Overview: Speeding and DUI on A90 Perth to Dundee Road
The incident took place on the A90 Perth to Dundee road at Inchture on March 23 of this year. Bowes-Lyon was charged with driving a powerful Mercedes AMG E 63S 4Matic at 88 miles per hour, though this charge was dropped as part of a plea deal.
His blood alcohol reading was 55 mics, exceeding the legal limit of 22 mics.
Legal Proceedings and Plea Deal: The Court’s Perspective
Fiscal depute Stuart Hamilton detailed the events, stating that officers detected Bowes-Lyon’s vehicle exceeding the speed limit, leading to the subsequent arrest.
Bowes-Lyon’s solicitor confirmed a guilty plea based on a restricted basis and emphasized his client’s full cooperation with the police.
Acknowledging Responsibility: Bowes-Lyon’s Remorse
Bowes-Lyon’s solicitor highlighted his client’s ownership of an estate and business interests, emphasizing his acceptance of responsibility for his actions.
The aristocrat expressed profound remorse, recognizing the potential danger of his actions and the public disquiet surrounding the nature of the charge.
Reduced Disqualification: Court’s Decision and Conditions
Sheriff William Gilchrist, acknowledging the high alcohol reading, stated that the disqualification would be reduced by four months upon successful completion of a drink driver’s rehabilitation course.
Previous Conviction: Simon Bowes-Lyon’s Troubles
This incident follows Bowes-Lyon’s imprisonment in 2021 for a violent sex attack at Glamis Castle. The aristocrat was jailed for ten months and placed on the Sex Offenders Register for a decade.
His previous legal troubles include a 2010 driving ban for riding his motorbike at 100 mph in a 60 mph zone.**