Chloe Hingley of BSB Solicitors, instructing Chris Hamlet of 23 Essex street, successfully defended an RAF pilot accused of being unfit to fly through drink. The officer was further accused of failing to discharge his duty to ensure other members of the aircraft were not suffering from excess alcohol.
The aircraft was due leave RAF Akatori when crew members were breathalysed following a report of a “party’’ the night before. After careful scrutiny of the prosecution case, the defence team identified a serious procedural error pertaining to the breath test and lack of evidence to support the failure of duty. The prosecution therefore withdrew both charges.