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A wealthy businessman on trial over a car crash was blasted as ‘arrogant’ by a judge for arriving at court two hours late in his McLaren supercar.
Martin Skinner, who was high on cocaine when he smashed his Porsche into a tree and left his passenger with serious brain injuries, said he failed to turn up because his alarm clock didn’t go off.
Judge - Arrogance - Credit
But this did not wash with the judge, who accused him of arrogance and refused to give him any credit for pleading guilty.
Skinner, a property developer in Mayfair, crashed at such speed that the engine flew out of the £140,000 Porsche 911 GT3.
Careless - Driving - Specimen - Police
The 40-year-old was convicted of careless driving and failing to provide a specimen to police.
He was jailed for 22 months and banned from driving until May 2022. Skinner, who lives in exclusive Belgravia, central London, lost control of the Porsche on the A281 near Rudgwick, West Sussex.
Incident - August - Year - Passenger - Injuries
In the incident, on August 24 last year, his 30-year-old female passenger received ‘life-changing’ injuries. Skinner was showing off to the woman before the smash, Worthing magistrates’ court in West Sussex heard.
Police found that on the morning of the crash, he tried to set up a supercar trip to France, but his friends turned down the idea. Instead, he decided to ‘go rallying’ to a business contact’s home in Rudgwick. That evening, he persuaded his...
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