Professor Green has received a 12-month driving ban and £525 in fines and costs after pleading guilty to drink driving.
The ‘Just Be Good to Green’ hitmaker – whose real name is Stephen Manderson – appeared in Bromley magistrates court today (20.03.14), where he pleaded guilty to drink-driving, and as well as being banned from getting behind the wheel, he was also ordered to pay £525 fine and costs.
The court heard the rapper got behind the wheel after being robbed of his £40,000 watch on the doorstep of his south east London home on November 3 and feared his wife Millie Mackintosh – who accompanied him to the hearing – was being chased by his attacker.
Prosecutor Samantha Mitchell told the court: “The defendant was spoken to and explained he had been looking for the suspect of his robbery. He had driven his car to look for this person and, during the course of looking for this person, he crashed into a parked van, causing damage.”
Police realised he was drunk and told him he would have to provide a sample, but, according to the prosecutor, he was “quite hostile” to them and subsequently arrested, where he was found to have driven with 52 microgrammes of alcohol in 100ml of breath. The legal limit is 35.
Speaking outside the court, Green blasted police for “wasting time”.
He said: “I’m upset that it took this long to get to here. I am however happy we came across a judge who was fair and understanding with the circumstances that led to this – unlike other people we’ve met along the way.
“The irony of being arrested for perverting the course of justice after admitting to the crime I committed all along is that the lesser charge would have been wasting police time.
“The only people wasting police time was the police.”
The 30-year-old star may have his ban cut to nine months after agreeing to take a drink-driver rehabilitation course.