After being involved in an automobile collision in the early hours of November 28, 2013, an MP was found guilty of failing to stop and report the incident.
Jamie Wallis, a Conservative MP from Bridgend, was also found guilty of leaving his car in a risky situation but was not found guilty of driving carelessly.
He received a £2,500 fine and a six-month driving ban.
Tan Ikram, the district judge, stated that he “didn’t find the defendant trustworthy.”
In addition, he dismissed the MP’s driving without due care and attention accusation, saying that it had not been established by the evidence.
“When I observed him give testimony it looked to me he [was] fitting his own behavior around the behavior of PTSD, and his actions on that night do not imply he was overwhelmed and behaving out of fear that night,” Judge Ikram added in finding him guilty of the remaining charges.
I’ll say it right up front: I didn’t think the defendant’s testimony was credible.
The driving infractions, which happened in the early morning hours in Llanblethian, Vale of Glamorgan, were denied by Wallis.
He also admitted to the court that he had been raped a month before to the collision and that he feared being “raped, killed, or kidnapped” as a result of the collision.
According to the MP, he smashed a lamppost to avoid hitting a cat.
Who is Jamie Wallis?
The Conservative MP, who was elected in 2019, became the first MP to come out as transgender in March. He identifies as he/him.
He told the court he had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) after being raped.
Judge Ikram added that having PTSD was not a defense.
He said the prosecution had proved that Wallis was able to make decisions that night, but he made bad decisions.
“I am sure he was not prevented through PTSD to giving details or particulars and report the accident soon after, he made a decision he didn’t want to be there, and made a decision to ring his father.
“Through all of that period he could have rang 999 or 101, he didn’t.
“I am sure he didn’t through a conscious choice, not through being overwhelmed or acting irrationally.”
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