The scroat should be AGAIed by his OC as a matter of course and have the feckin book thrown at him for being a twatt. And who allowed him to use the defence of being involved in bomb disposal ? We don't need berks like this right now ... and with full manning he could be binned and we won't even notice.
Guys I have been in his situation albeit a little slower and on a motorway, 126mph top speed average of 106mph. To this day I can honestly say I regret the speed and there is no defence for it however it was a certain ban back in 1998 when the offence took place, I took a Canadian Emelette with me to Court and my only defence to keep my licence was that the Unit where training for Ops (Kosovo).
I am a VM by trade and that was never mentioned, just the fact that I needed my licence for the job for Ops. It was taken into account and I was 6 pointed and the fine doubled from Â£180 to Â£360.
My point is this, its not something new for Soldiers to keep there licence after speeding. It is not new for civilians to be giving the same treatment. Not long ago a civilian driver was allowed to keep his licence after totting up a total of 13 points because he needed it for his job.
What outrages me tho is the fact that he sits smugly in the Current Bun smiling away, which press Officer allowed that one? Next he should have been banned on his return from Ops, something well within the rights of the court and it was considered for me. Driver Awareness training should be rammed down his throat.
Lastly though one on AGAI action, how can they AGAI him (possibly on disrepute) if they agreed for his pic to be published...it would surely be so 2 faced!
He will have had a Commisioned Officer from his unit with him in court as his advisor. The "driving licence is part of my job" is a usual defence if his CEG is VM (I don't know what it is, maybe someone can enlighten us). I have heard it used in other trades as a defence; there are certain civvies I know who have kept their licences after far worse offences than speeding on a motorway.
I am not supporting driving around in chav chariots at 143 mph, but using The Sun as your trigger for outrage is a little bit silly. Have a think for yourself before rushing to condemn one of our young guys in your moral crusade.
Walting it up? You're walting it as a REME soldier if you can't think these simple things through for yourself.
A: The press will always give a write-up that will shift the maximum number of newspapers. Never let the truth get in the way of a good story and all that.
B: Most of the press, and the Sun are spectacularly bad at this, couldn't specify what most soldiers actual jobs and roles were if you took their capbadge and CEG and smashed them repeatedly on the skull with it. He could have been an AGC HR Cbt Spec working in the admin office of an EOD squadron and the journo mongs would still label him a "Bomb disposal expert".