John Newman,(the older chap),is my father and until recently the leader of the Conservative group in St, Albans and Harpenden . The Liberal Councilor who chose to make a "citizens arrest"is someone that I hold in less than high esteem. As I have proved myself incapable of being civilised on the subject I`ll leave it at that
This is how the Herts Ad reported the trial :
A prominent local councilor was hauled before magistrates after he was shopped to police by a political rival for driving while disqualified John Newman, former Tory group leader on St Albans District Council, was spotted by LibDem councilor Melvyn Teare driving out of a car park after a council meeting while he was still under a six-month ban for speeding . Mr.Teare promptly jotted down the number plate and disappeared to report what he had seen to police.Councilor Newman, who is now an independent member of the district council, appeared at St Albans Magistrates' Court on Tuesday for what was originally planned to be a two-day trial John Newman, aged 70, entered a guilty plea to The court heard that after Teare tipped off the police, Councilor Newman was arrested at his home in Station Road. At the station he refused to admit that he had been at the council meeting until the minutes of the meeting were produced and he denied that he had been driving. When he was shown CCTV footage he said that he could not see it properly as he did not have his glasses and he would not identify himself in the video.
The court were told that... "Driving while disqualified is a very serious offence and we have also noted the level of prevarication."
Speaking after the hearing Councilor Newman said he was disappointed and added: "It doesn't do anything to enthuse you about justice. "