Former EastEnders star Dean Gaffney admitted to drinking and driving in court after an incident in Staines, Surrey saying not having a paying job has put pressure on him.
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Former EastEnders star Dean Gaffney admitted drunk driving in court, blaming unemployment during the pandemic and inability to find paid work.
The 44-year-old actor, who is best known for playing Robbie Jackson in the BBC drama, told police he was living off his life savings after being unable to secure the role for the past few years.
Police arrested him in Staines, Surrey on April 28, when they spotted Dean erratically parking on a street corner, with lights and engines running.
The court heard that a woman in the passenger seat of an Audi A7 was not disclosed whether it was Russian model Valerina, Dean’s girlfriend, who is 25, the same age as her two daughters. his twin.
Prosecutor Lucy Lumsden told the court: “It was 11:40 p.m. when the traveling police officers saw an Audi A7 parked in a corner with the lights on and the engine running.
“They approached and the driver’s side window was open. The driver appeared to be intoxicated, although he said he did not drink at all.
“The officers could smell alcohol on his breath and he failed a roadside breath test. He admitted in the police interview that he was driving. “
The court heard that Dean was of good character, with no criminal record.
The court held that the passenger in the front seat was the only “aggravating circumstance”.
Dean was found to have 46mcg of alcohol in 100ml of his breath, when the legal limit was 35mcg.
The actor was banned from driving for a year, with judges noting that he pleaded guilty and apologized at the first opportunity.
Dean was fined £300 and ordered to pay £85 costs, plus a victim surcharge of £34.
Simon Collingham, in the extenuating part, told the court: “Mr Gaffney wanted to say how deeply he regrets it.
“He regrets the offense and is ashamed of his behaviour.
“Since the age of 15, he has worked full-time in the entertainment industry, but like so many others in the profession since the inception of Covid, he has found it very difficult to find work. .
“He lives off his savings with the full emotional support of his family. Mr Gaffney was not seen driving, but he did admit to police that he was driving the vehicle.
“He will receive full credit for his confession. He expressed his remorse sincerely. It has no character and this is not an individual you will see again in court. “
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https://www.mirror.co.uk/3am/celebrity-news/eastenders-star-dean-gaffney-admits-27127602 EastEnders star Dean Gaffney admits drunk driving is to blame for unemployment pressure