Former Brighton striker freed from prison pending appeal against breath test sentence

Posted On 29 Aug 2019 at 6:28 pm

Former Brighton and Hove Albion striker Dean Saunders has been freed from prison after one day pending an appeal against his sentence for refusing to take a breath test.

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Saunders, 55, formerly of Hangleton Road, Hove, was jailed for 10 weeks at Chester Magistrates’ Court yesterday (Wednesday 28 August).

The former Wales international believed incorrectly that he could consult a lawyer before taking a breath test after being stopped on suspicion of drink driving.

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Jailing Saunders, District Judge Nicholas Sanders said that the TV football pundit was arrogant and thought that he was above the law.

Today (Thursday 29 August) lawyers submitted an application for Saunders to be freed on bail until his appeal can be heard.

They succeeded and Saunders was freed on unconditional bail until Friday 4 October when his appeal will be heard at Chester Crown Court.

Saunders, who played for Brighton from 1985 to 1987, was also given a 30-month driving ban yesterday.

The striker, who lives at The Paddocks, in Whitegate, Cheshire, joined Brighton from Swansea before going on to play for Liverpool, Aston Villa, Derby County and Oxford United.

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