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Year ban for Livingston chairman

Angelo Massone
Angelo Massone is chairman of Livingston Football Club

Livingston Football Club's chairman has been fined £800 and banned from driving for a year after admitting being drunk in charge of a car.

Angelo Massone, 38, from Edinburgh, was found slumped over the steering wheel of his car on 29 November last year.

The car was stationary in Edinburgh's Bonnington Road, but the engine was running.

Edinburgh Sheriff Court was told a taxi driver was so concerned he called the police and ambulance service.

At first the police thought Massone was asleep, but then noticed a strong smell of alcohol.

Fiscal depute Lisa Welsh said when Massone was asked to get out of the car he was unsteady on his feet.

Clearly the circumstances indicate you must have consumed a significant amount of alcohol when you decided to get into your car and were seen by the passing taxi driver
Sheriff Mhairi Stephen
Edinburgh Sheriff Court

Massone was asked to provide a specimen of breath but, said Ms Welsh, he told the police he could not talk or understand English.

At St Leonards Police Station, Massone was given a sheet explaining his rights in Italian.

He told officers it was not required as he could understand and threw it to the ground.

At 0645 GMT, more than three hours after he had been found, he provided two specimens of breath.

He had 59 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath when the legal limit is 35.

Defence solicitor, Graeme Clark, said his client spoke English in conversation and his understanding had improved since coming to this country. Massone, he added, had been at a restaurant.

He had parked the car intending to take a taxi home and come back for the car late that afternoon. He had felt unwell and sat in the car with the window open to recover and get the taxi.

Mr Clark said Massone was the majority shareholder of a limited company which had severe financial difficulties. His client, he added, was experiencing great professional difficulties at present and had a very hectic schedule.

He said Massone derived no income from the football club, but was a qualified lawyer in Italy.

Sheriff Mhairi Stephen told Massone: "Clearly the circumstances indicate you must have consumed a significant amount of alcohol when you decided to get into your car and were seen by the passing taxi driver."



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