Ex-Macfarlanes partner freed one month into drink-driving sentence

A former Macfarlanes partner has been freed from jail a month into his one-year sentence for drink-driving.

Francis Bridgeman, who resigned from the City firm’s LLP last year, was jailed for 12 months and ordered to pay £4,200 (20 January 2012) after being found guilty of drink-driving, perverting the course of justice and two further charges (19 December 2011).

The Court of Appeal suspended the sentence for two years as an “act of mercy” so that he could return to his seriously ill wife, according to press reports.

The court was told that Bridgeman was his wife’s principal carer and that prison visits would be impossible given her condition.

Bridgeman was sentenced at Lewes Crown Court last month after the court heard he lied to police that he had been kidnapped in order to get out of a drink-driving charge (16 December 2011).

The former Macfarlanes restructuring partner claimed he had been attacked by an armed gang who stole his Range Rover Sport and crashed it into a telegraph pole while he was driving from work to his East Sussex home.

But prosecutors told the court that Bridgeman crashed the four-wheel drive vehicle himself on 6 April after drinking five pints of Guinness, according to reports.