Ant McPartlin in court latest: Live news as TV presenter faces drink-driving charge
TV presenter Ant McPartlin pleaded guilty to drink-driving and was fined Â£86,000 as he appeared in court this afternoon.
The 42-year-old was twice the legal limit when he was involved in a crash with two other cars while he was driving his Mini in Richmond, west London, on March 18.
He entered a guilty plea and was fined Â£86,000 and banned from driving for 20 months at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court on Monday.
After he was charged, ITV announced the Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain's Got Talent host would step back from his TV commitments.
Live UpdatesNew updates availableRefresh 2018-04-16T14:18:14.000Z Ant Partlin emerges and gives a very brief statement.
In a hushed voice, he says he is "truly sorry for what happened", adding: "I would like to apologise to everyone involved in the crash."
He then gets in a large black car which drives off. 2018-04-16T14:15:02.180Z A huge scrum of photographers and reporters have gathered outside Wimbledon Magistrates' Court as we await McPartlin. 2018-04-16T14:08:17.000Z Ant McPartlin is expected to give a statement outside court shortly. 2018-04-16T14:04:06.913Z The court rises and Ant McParlin makes a quick exit. 2018-04-16T13:58:16.000Z The judge says his sentence will be in the "fi nancial bracket".
Taking into account his income and guilty plea, she says he will be fined Â£86,000.
He will also be banned from driving for 20 months. 2018-04-16T13:55:44.000Z She says she has to consider his responsibility, culpability and harm caused.
She says the level of culpability was "high" and caused some harm, including injury to others.
She says he has shown "genuine remorse" and has recognised he has let down many people, victims, family, friends and fans.
She says he has also taken "immediate action" to address his issues. 2018-04-16T13:51:55.320Z District Judge Barnes says she has to consider "the seriousness and gravity" of his offence.
She says his vehicle hit two others that were travelling in the opposite direction to his.
She lays out the sentencing guidelines, and then says the offence he committed was "serious". 2018-04-16T13:48:33.470Z Ant McPartlin has returned to the courtroom.
2018-04-16T13:38:12.000Z McPartlin has left the courtroom as we continue to await the judge.
He sat solemn-faced as the prosecution read out witness statements earlier.
The TV presenter had 75mcg of alcohol per 100ml of breath - the legal limit is 35mcg. 2018-04-16T13:19:13.000Z His lawyer adds that McPartlin "hopes that in time he can be forgiven by the many people he has let down terribly".
What happened on the day of the crash was a "brief relapse, unbeknown to his passenger", he says.
District Judge Barnes says she will take the defence's argument into account and has retired to consider what sentence he will receive. 2018-04-16T13:16:23.000Z McPartlin admits that he has fallen shor t of the expectations that are expected of him, his defence team says.
His lawyer adds that the "difficulty and distress" of the breakdown of his marriage, with the added impact of being under public scrutiny, has taken its toll on him.
Mr McPartlin is seeking help to "address the problems that he has in order overcome them and ensure they never happen again", he says.
2018-04-16T13:12:23.433Z McPartlin's defence team reiterate his sorrow for what has happened, admitting that but for good fortune the outcome could have been a lot worse.
In mitigation, they say that he has no prior convictions and good character up to the point of the crash. They point to his charitable work, "specifically that assist children". 2018-04-16T13:09:56.000Z The prosecution says that McPartlin apologised for what he did in a statement to police, saying he was "ashamed and mortified&qu ot; and admitting that he has a problem with alcohol and "emotional issues". 2018-04-16T13:08:16.000Z McPartlin's black Mini, which crashed into two other cars, was driven round the corner at "some speed", the prosecution says.
It adds that a nine year old boy who was in another car involved in the incident thought he could have died, according to his mother who was also in the car.
The boy said: "I'm dying mummy, I'm dying mummy", the court hears.
The mother said: "I am horrified that someone could have driven so dangerously." 2018-04-16T13:03:37.000Z The prosecutor lays out the case against McPartlin. He had 75mcg of alcohol in his breath - double the legal limit, she says.
She adds the occupants of another car involved in the crash said they were "shaken" and "believed they could have died". 2018-04-16T13:00:48.000Z McPartlin pleads guilty to a drink-driving charge. 2018-04-16T12:58:59.000Z McPartlin enters the courtroom and takes his place in the dock.
He confirms his name, date of birth and address. 2018-04-16T12:54:19.870Z McPartlin looked sombre as he walked into the court building flanked by police officers and his media team. 2018-04-16T12:47:25.000Z A courtroom packed with reporters awaits McPartlin's arrival. He will appear in front of District Judge Barnes.
After he was charged with drink-driving last month, the television presenter terminated all his work commitments for the "foreseeable future".
Declan Donnelly has been presenting Saturday Night Takeaway and Britain's Got Talent solo in his absence. 2018- 04-16T12:46:19.520Z Some more images as Ant McPartlin arrives at Wimbledon Magistrates' Court. NextSource: Google News