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A former MacFarlanes partner who resigned from the firm last year has been sentenced to 12 months imprisonment and ordered to pay £4,200 after being found guilty of drink-driving, perverting the course of justice and two further charges.
During his trial Francis Bridgeman claimed to have been kidnapped by an armed gang to avoid being arrested for drink-driving in April 2010. Bridgeman’s statement led to a kidnap investigation being launched.
Passing sentence at Lewes Crown Court today, Justice Guy Anthony said: “You wasted valuable police time and public expense in order to escape a drink-driving offence when you should have had the courage and decency to plead guilty from the outset. To pervert the course of justice is a serious offence and warrants a custodial sentence.”
As well as the 12-month prison sentence, Bridgeman has been disqualified from driving for 18 months.