No5 Chambers’ Michael Duck QC defends in Costa Coffee crash case

Michael Duck QC of No5 Chambers has defended Alan Marks, 65, of Shottery, who has been given a two-year conditional discharge and disqualified from driving for two years and been ordered to pay £1,200 in costs after being found guilty of dangerous driving.

Marks, who is disabled, was driving on Bridge Street, Stratford, and crashed into a Costa Coffee shop. He was driving a specially adapted SUV, but confessed that he was not using the adaption on the day of the crash. Following a four-day trial at Birmingham Crown Court, Marks was found guilty.

Sentencing, recorder Patrick Upward QC told Mr Marks that the accident had been caused by a ‘tragic error’ on his part. He also said that he considered his excellent record to the community, and that he had initially been told by authorities that he would not be prosecuted.