Killer driver given his licence back by DVLA ‘admin error’

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Killer driver given his licence back by DVLA 'admin error'
Halim Cholmeley was sentenced to six months in prison (Picture: Paul Reid/Angus Pictures)

A killer driver has been jailed again after he was handed his licence back four years early by the DVLA.

Halim Cholmeley, 44, was first sentenced to prison in 2010 after he killed taxi driver Gavin McCabe.

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Cholmeley was over the alcohol limit when he smashed his BMW into McCabe’s cab in Dundee in an apparent suicide attempt.

He was banned from driving for ten years and went on to serve three years of his six-year sentence.

After his release in March, 2016, police confronted Cholmeley as he was walking away from a car, a court heard.

Killer driver given his licence back by DVLA 'admin error'
It emerged he was given his licence back four years early at Forfar Sheriff Court (Picture: Google)

Officers smelled alcohol on him, but he refused to take a breath test.

For that offence, he was jailed for six months in prison at Forfar Sheriff Court today.

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Later in 2016, Cholmeley sent off an application to the DVLA for a new licence, despite having four years of his driving ban still outstanding.

Fiscal depute Stewart Duncan said: ‘Due to an admin error the DVLA did not see his status as a disqualified driver and as such a new licence was issued with a new driver number.’

Using his new licence, Cholmeley went to an Audi dealership in November, 2016, where he managed to take a £50,000 Audi SQ5 for a two-day test drive.

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Defending, Billy Boyle said: ‘He believed in his mind that he had his licence back because of the time that elapsed.’

Cholmeley, from Glen Prosen, Angus, was charged with driving while disqualified, driving without insurance, and obtaining a licence while disqualified from driving.

But due to the ‘complications’ over the DVLA’s ‘admin error’, sentencing for these charges has been delayed until January.

He was also banned from driving for another five years.

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