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Bridgend Conservative MP Jamie Wallis disqualified from driving after being found guilty of traffic offences

11 Jul 2022 6 minute read
Bridgend MP Jamie Wallis arrives at Cardiff Magistrates Court. Photo Ben Birchall PA Images

A Conservative MP who demolished a telegraph pole in a late-night car crash while dressed as a woman has been disqualified from driving for six months and fined £2,500 after being convicted of motoring offences.

Jamie Wallis was wearing a black leather mini-skirt, high heels, a pearl necklace and make-up when he crashed his Mercedes.

The MP, who has represented Bridgend in South Wales since 2019, asked his father to pick him up in his Land Rover Discovery in the early hours of November 28 last year after fleeing the scene in Church Road, Llanblethian.

Wallis claimed he crashed after swerving to avoid hitting a cat.

He said he left the scene because he felt vulnerable in women’s clothing, having been raped the last time he wore such an outfit in public.

He told the court he left the scene after he became “overwhelmed” by his post-traumatic stress disorder which led him to believe he would be “assaulted or accosted, restrained or kidnapped”.

The 38-year-old, from Crossways House, Cowbridge, was diagnosed with PTSD after being raped in his London home in the September and began suffering with night-terrors, flashbacks and anxiety.

After a trial at Cardiff Magistrates’ Court, Wallis was found guilty of failing to stop, failing to report a road traffic collision and leaving a vehicle in a dangerous position.

District Judge Tan Ikram found him not guilty of driving without due care and attention.

On the day of the collision he said he had been at home wearing the clothes “he felt most comfortable in” before he took a late-night drive to his estranged wife’s house.

Wallis said he had been driving “relatively slow” when he saw the cat, because he was approaching a double bend.

“I just remember instinctively swerving,” he told the court.

During cross-examination, Carina Hughes, prosecuting, said: “You hit it with such force that the pole snapped.

“The reason you hit the pole isn’t because there was a cat, you were driving without due care and attention and that resulted in you losing control and driving into that wall and telegraph pole.”

Witnesses

Residents Adrian Watson and Natalie Webb were socialising together at a nearby property when shortly after 1am they heard a “very loud bang, significantly louder than a domestic firework” outside.

Mr Watson said he went into the street to investigate and saw amber flashing lights and that a Mercedes E-Class saloon had crashed into a telegraph pole.

Peering inside the car from which smoke was billowing, he saw “a white male wearing a white long-sleeve top which was tight to the body, a black leather PVC mini-skirt, tights, dark shoes with a high heel and a pearl necklace”.

Both witnesses asked whether Wallis was OK and then told him they were calling the police, at which point the MP started walking away.

As they followed him, they saw him make two phone calls during which he told someone he was being “accosted”. He was then picked up by his father Daryl Wallis.

Hours later, Sergeant Gareth Handy went to Wallis’ family home address, which he described as a “mansion” and “absolutely colossal”, and forced entry into the property out of concern for his well-being.

Wallis was not in his own flat, where a “blonde wig” was found on the kitchen table, but instead was asleep naked in a bedroom of the main house still wearing make-up.

Pc Louie Hall said: “His eyelids were dark, his lips were red and his cheeks were bronzed, and he had red nail polish on his toes.”

Wallis was arrested at 7.21am and the black skirt and pearl necklace, which were found next to the bed, were seized.

‘Informal chat’

Giving evidence, Wallis told the court he would describe himself as transgender and had felt this way “since I was a small child”.

In March 2022, Wallis became the first MP in the UK to come out as transgender. In the statement he also revealed he had been raped.

Asking about the incident, which allegedly happened in September 2021, Peter Rouch QC, defending, said: “You were subjected to penetrative rape, yes?”

Wallis replied: “Yes. It was profoundly distressing and I was traumatised.

“I became obsessed with what happened, I kept thinking about it, having nightmares and flashbacks.”

He told the court he became so scared of being attacked again, he would lay traps in his own home to act as obstacles for any intruder.

Wallis said he has not yet reported the alleged attack to the police.

“I haven’t made a formal complaint. The police have invited me to sit down and have an informal chat with them,” he added.

Wallis told the court that when he saw people approaching the car after the crash, it triggered his PTSD.

His consultant psychiatrist Dr Shubulade Smith confirmed she had diagnosed him with the psychiatric condition on November 23 – five days before the incident.

The prosecutor suggested the MP had enough time to phone the police when he was in his father’s car or after he arrived back to the safety of his own home, when analysis of his mobile showed he made a number of calls and text messages to his former partner.

Wallis replied: “If I was able to, I would have done.”

‘Not a defence’

District Judge Tan Ikram disqualified Wallis from driving for six months and fined him £2,500.

He was also ordered to pay additional costs of £620 and a victim surcharge of £190, and pay the total sum within 14 days.

District Judge Tan Ikram dismissed the first charge against Wallis as he said the Crown had not proven the MP was driving without due care and attention when he crashed.

Convicting Wallis of the other three charges, Judge Ikran said: “I am going to be upfront. I didn’t find the defendant credible in the evidence he gave.

“When I watched him give evidence it seemed to me not only was he fitting his own behaviour around the behaviour of PTSD, and his actions on the night does not suggest he was overwhelmed and acting out of fear that night.

“Having PTSD is not a defence. What the prosecution have proved to me he was able to make decisions that night – he made bad decisions.

“I am sure he was not prevented through PTSD to giving details or particulars and report the accident soon after.

“He made a decision he didn’t want to be there and made a decision to ring his father.

“Through all of that period he could have rung 999 or 101 – he didn’t. I am sure he didn’t through a conscious choice, not through being overwhelmed or acting irrationally.”

The judge calculated the fine based on Wallis’ annual salary of £82,000, working out at £1,500 a week.


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Gareth Wyn Jones
Gareth Wyn Jones
1 month ago

Any chance of a recall petition?

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago

Leave him there as a reminder to the electorate NOT to make daft choices next time they go to the polls.

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Meanwhile over the border Fat Shanks’ international gang of far right deplorables are busy making the Dictator’s cut adult version of Gremlins which will put an end all our futures…turn your ire on them…

Llywelyn Ein Llyw Nesaf ond Un
Llywelyn Ein Llyw Nesaf ond Un
1 month ago

He’s a Tory. Judge reckons he lied in his evidence. That’s what Tories do. Any chance of a perjury conviction?

NOT Grayham Jones
NOT Grayham Jones
1 month ago

Judge Ikran said: “I am going to be upfront. I didn’t find the defendant credible in the evidence he gave”. In my opinion This the most daming thing against him – he has no future as an MP and needs to be kicked out asap. A police officer who was convicted of this and found to be a blatant liar would be out on his ear straight away- no matter what your politics this sort of thing which is now an everyday event ie lieing by politicians is distroying all public faith in all of them no matter how honest… Read more »

Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

Should have demolished a toll house…

defaid
defaid
1 month ago

Shouldn’t have driven in heels. Should keep a pair of flat shoes in the car.

I can understand PTSD making him less rational, and thus not inclined to call the police but whoever he did text and phone really should have persuaded him to make the call, for his own wellbeing if nothing else.

Kerry Davies
Kerry Davies
1 month ago
Reply to  defaid

He sought to use his being assaulted and suffering PTSD for his actions, then the judge opined that he should not have been driving if it was that bad. What the judge did not apparently do is ask for the Metropolitan Police crime number from when he reported it. If he reported it.

defaid
defaid
1 month ago
Reply to  Kerry Davies

Regardless of gender, an awful lot of victims of violent crime never report it. From shame, emotional pain, upbringing, fear… you name it. Even a wish to believe it never happened. Further, PTSD episodes generally require a trigger, in this case, the crash. PTSD is not, per se, a disqualifier. I think the judge did quite well, both in dismissing the due care & attention charge, and in driving (sorry) home the point that, regardless of his emotional state, Wallis had ample opportunity for making the call. I still maintain that whoever he called should have prompted him, particularly if… Read more »

Last edited 1 month ago by defaid
Y Cymro
Y Cymro
1 month ago

Although at the time Jamie Wallis’s Transgender revelation gained support from his parliamentary colleagues & public, he used his Transgender secret and subsequent rape as an emotional weapon to try to excuse his dangerous drink driving and illicit lifestyle. But he’s got a moral duty as a public servant to stand down as an MP, then tell the police who attacked him so this sex offender can be brought to justice as this man might attack again.

Last edited 1 month ago by Y Cymro
Tewdrig
Tewdrig
1 month ago

Everyone actually believes this? This bloke is clearly mental.

Glen
Glen
1 month ago

Someone needs to tell him he doesn’t have the figure for a leather mini-skirt.

Glyn Jones
Glyn Jones
1 month ago

Why embarrass the poor bloke by detailing what he was, and wasn’t, wearing?

Last edited 1 month ago by Glyn Jones
Glen
Glen
1 month ago
Reply to  Glyn Jones

“poor bloke”????

He’s got off extremely lightly.

Sioned
Sioned
1 month ago

This article has a strong air of transphobia and trivialises trans experiences. It should be revised.

Robert Nicholas
Robert Nicholas
15 days ago

There’s a fine line between transgender and transvestite methinks…..

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