Drink-driving father given jail sentence

A DRINK-driving father has been jailed after he recorded a blood-alcohol concentration more than seven times the legal limit.

Peter Lindley Murray, 55, of Trevallyn, was found guilty in January of having hindered conveyance and having driven under the influence of intoxicating liquor.

He had earlier pleaded guilty to having exceeded 0.05, after being caught with a BAC level of 0.352 in Launceston last year.

Murray, who represented himself, faced sentencing in the Launceston Magistrates Court yesterday.

Magistrate Simon Brown condemned Murray's conduct as appalling and noted that Murray had a very limited insight into the seriousness of his offending.

Mr Brown convicted and jailed Murray for four months, with three months suspended for two years.

He also ordered Murray to serve a 12-month probation order and he disqualified him from driving for 16 months.

Murray became outspoken in court when he realised his fate and security officers approached him.

"I'm going to jail?" he called out while he was being led into custody.

"Who's going to look after my kids?

"Can I appeal?

"I want to appeal!"

Earlier, Mr Brown noted in sentencing that Murray would be the sole parent of his children, aged 12 and 17, until November, when Murray's wife was due to be released from jail on unrelated matters.

During Murray's contested hearing in January, the court heard from two prosecution witnesses, a couple, who gave evidence of having seen Murray driving dangerously through the streets of Launceston about 5.30pm on June 4, 2013.

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