Calendar An icon of a desk calendar. Cancel An icon of a circle with a diagonal line across. Caret An icon of a block arrow pointing to the right. Email An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of the Facebook "f" mark. Google An icon of the Google "G" mark. Linked In An icon of the Linked In "in" mark. Logout An icon representing logout. Profile An icon that resembles human head and shoulders. Telephone An icon of a traditional telephone receiver. Tick An icon of a tick mark. Is Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes. Is Not Public An icon of a human eye and eyelashes with a diagonal line through it. Pause Icon A two-lined pause icon for stopping interactions. Quote Mark A opening quote mark. Quote Mark A closing quote mark. Arrow An icon of an arrow. Folder An icon of a paper folder. Breaking An icon of an exclamation mark on a circular background. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Caret An icon of a caret arrow. Clock An icon of a clock face. Close An icon of the an X shape. Close Icon An icon used to represent where to interact to collapse or dismiss a component Comment An icon of a speech bubble. Comments An icon of a speech bubble, denoting user comments. Ellipsis An icon of 3 horizontal dots. Envelope An icon of a paper envelope. Facebook An icon of a facebook f logo. Camera An icon of a digital camera. Home An icon of a house. Instagram An icon of the Instagram logo. LinkedIn An icon of the LinkedIn logo. Magnifying Glass An icon of a magnifying glass. Search Icon A magnifying glass icon that is used to represent the function of searching. Menu An icon of 3 horizontal lines. Hamburger Menu Icon An icon used to represent a collapsed menu. Next An icon of an arrow pointing to the right. Notice An explanation mark centred inside a circle. Previous An icon of an arrow pointing to the left. Rating An icon of a star. Tag An icon of a tag. Twitter An icon of the Twitter logo. Video Camera An icon of a video camera shape. Speech Bubble Icon A icon displaying a speech bubble WhatsApp An icon of the WhatsApp logo. Information An icon of an information logo. Plus A mathematical 'plus' symbol. Duration An icon indicating Time. Success Tick An icon of a green tick. Success Tick Timeout An icon of a greyed out success tick. Loading Spinner An icon of a loading spinner.

Former offshore ace banned from road after wife reported him for drink driving

Paul Matheson
Paul Matheson

An offshore ace made redundant in the downturn has been banned from the roads after his wife reported him for drink-driving.

Paul Matheson appeared at Aberdeen Sheriff Court yesterday where his lawyer, Iain Hingston, said the 35-year-old’s life had “spiralled downwards” after he lost his job.

The solicitor even took the unusual step of showing Sheriff Graham Buchanan his client’s CV, to illustrate the levels of responsibility previously placed on Matheson in his high-earning oil career.

And though the sheriff stopped short of sending Matheson to prison, he ordered him to perform 200 hours of community service in the next year and banned him from driving for two years.

Fiscal Lixia Sun said that Matheson’s wife spotted his red Fiat Ulysse estate parked outside a pub in Blackburn as she returned home from work at 1.30am on Sunday, December 24.

The fiscal added: “She entered the pub, found the accused in an intoxicated state and told him not to drive home.

“She later contacted the police and advised them of her fears, and when officers attended at their home they found the car parked there and the accused walking into the road – as the front door had been locked.”

The court heard that when officers approached Matheson he “shouted and swore at them”, and challenged one to a fight when asked to provide a sample of his breath for analysis.

Matheson, of Scotsmill Crescent, Blackburn, later admitted charges of behaving in a threatening or abusive manner to police officers and of failing to provide two specimens of breath “without reasonable excuse”.

Mr Hingston said the case had provided a “shot in the arm” for Matheson and spurred him to address his issues.

He added: “My client had an extraordinary career destroyed in the oil downturn, and entered a downward spiral of drink and depression.

“His impressive CV shows that he is a man who displayed a considerable degree of professionalism, with important and responsible employment positions.

“He has now referred himself to an integrated alcohol service to receive help.”

Sheriff Buchanan said: “It is very disappointing to find someone in this situation appearing before the court.”

Already a subscriber? Sign in

[[title]]

[[text]]