The son of a millionaire who was caught drink-driving in his mother’s Mercedes after his parents alerted police will avoid legal action until June while he goes to rehab.
Edward George, 30, was “extremely drunk” when he got into his mother Alison’s car outside her home in Sandbanks last December.
Police caught up with him as he returned on foot to the £2million Poole Harbor flat, just yards away from Harry Redknapp’s home.
But George, the son of billionaire Brendan George who owned Wimborne Market, is not tried until six months after the crime as he undergoes an expensive rehabilitation.
Edward George (pictured outside Poole Magistrates’ Court), 30, was “extremely drunk” when he got into his mother Alison’s car outside her home in Sandbanks last December.
His case bears striking resemblance to that of his younger brother Oliver George.
In 2019, then 26-year-old Oliver had his conviction for a drunken fake gun fracas at a yacht club postponed for two months while he went to Barbados for alcohol treatment.
In 2019, then 26-year-old Oliver had his conviction for a drunken fake gun fracas at a yacht club postponed for two months while he went to Barbados for alcohol treatment. But during the luxury trip, photos emerged of George apparently drinking
Oliver was controversially granted permission from a court to leave the country, despite being convicted of terrorizing a bartender with a fake gun.
His lawyer had said George would receive treatment for his drinking problem during the pre-booked month-long family vacation to the Caribbean.
But during the luxury trip, photos emerged of George apparently drinking.
The russet, redhead George, from exclusive Sandbanks, returned to a chilly Poole Magistrates’ Court in Dorset to be treated for the fake gun offence.
He avoided jail and was instead ordered to 200 hours of community service after his lawyer said he had controlled his alcohol consumption since returning from Barbados.
Despite pleading guilty to driving offenses in February, Edward’s sentencing has been postponed to June as he spends four months in a private clinic in the Midlands overcoming his alcohol problems.
At the end of his treatment, experts will prepare a report on his recovery that magistrates will consider when sentencing.
Magistrates heard that his family paid for him to go to rehab. Although no court fees have been paid, private treatment in the UK generally costs over £1,400 a week.
His case bears striking resemblance to that of his younger brother Oliver George (pictured at Poole Magistrates’ Court). In 2019, the conviction of then 26-year-old Oliver for a drunken fake gun fight at a yacht club was postponed by two months while he went to Barbados for alcohol treatment.
The court had been told in an earlier hearing that George was staying at his parents’ house after his relationship broke up.
It was learned that he had a drinking problem and that he had been banned from driving for three years in April 2021 for another offense of driving with too much alcohol.
Richard Withey, prosecutor, said: ‘Police received a call to say that the defendant had been driving under the influence. They visited the informant’s address, as Mr. George arrived on foot, looking very drunk.
“The car wasn’t there. He was arrested at that time. The car was found at a different location.’
George pleaded guilty to charges of drink-driving, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance in February.
Despite pleading guilty to traffic offenses in February, Edward’s sentencing (pictured leaving Poole Magistrates’ Court) has been postponed to June as he spends four months in a private clinic in the Midlands trying to overcome his alcohol problems.
At that hearing, Mark Hensleigh, who defended, asked the magistrates in Poole to postpone the sentencing until his defense counsel had produced their report.
He said, ‘Mr George clearly has a drinking problem. He was staying at his parents’ address, he had taken his mother’s car.
“He admits he has a problem, he admits he drove even though no one actually saw him drive.
“Obviously he has a drinking problem, all the offenses have to do with drinking. If he doesn’t drink, he won’t get in trouble.
“His family finances him in a primary residential facility. He has made tremendous progress since he got there.
“You could defer punishment for reports and that’s how he could finish the course.
Magistrates heard that his family (pictured are Edward’s parents Brendan and Alison outside Poole Maigstrates court) paid him to go to rehab. Although no court fees have been paid, private treatment in the UK typically costs over £1,400 a week
‘He has no income at the moment, he is fully supported by his parents. I don’t know what rehab costs, but I can’t imagine going to one of these places is particularly cheap.’
Yesterday George appeared in court again for sentencing, but the case was again adjourned to allow him to complete his rehab.
Mr Hensleigh said: ‘As long as the defendant is still in rehab they (the rehabilitation centre) cannot prepare a report.
“The suggested date to leave rehab is April 28, but he is doing very well there and that could be extended.”
George is due to appear in court again in June.