Tagged and banned
A 73-year-old former Grenadier Guardsman has been ordered to wear an electronic tag after he was convicted of failing to report an accident.
Peter Ogden was ordered by a judge at Bath Magistrates' Court to wear the tag to ensure that he abides by a 4pm to 11pm curfew. He was also given a one-year driving ban and a £60 fine.
Ogden, from Keynsham, near Bristol, who insisted that he was not involved and stopped only to check if an injured person needed assistance, is to appeal.
Ogden was driving home in November last year when a woman ran in front of another vehicle. She was badly injured and he stopped to check whether any help was needed.
He said that when he heard that another passer-by had dialled 999 he drove off.
It was when he called into a police station the next day to inquire about the woman that he was arrested. The victim's DNA was found on his vehicle and he was suspected of having run her over.
He was charged later with failing to stop at the scene of an accident.
When the case came to court the Crown offered no evidence. He was, however, charged with the lesser offence of failing to report an accident.
Excessive? Only if you hold the old fashioned view that the state needs to charge you and prove you did the crime you are to be punished for...