FORMER solicitor Alan Kilshaw was caught speeding on the day his 15-year marriage disintegrated, a court heard.
Kilshaw, 52 – who, with wife Judith, was at the centre of an internet adoption scandal more than six years ago – denied a speeding charge claiming warning signs had not been erected.
But Flintshire Magistrates Court agreed with the prosecution that there was no legal requirement for camera enforcement warning signs to be put up, and convicted him.
Kilshaw, now of Killings Lane, Shotton, but previously of Westminster Park in Chester, appealed for leniency and said he had been ill for some time and was unable to work. Following the conviction, he told the court that while he was a safe driver, his illness could sometime affect his concentration.
When he was clocked on January 8, it was the day ‘when my marriage of 15 years was breaking up’.
Kilshaw, who has been driving for more than 30 years and who had a clean driving licence, said he actually supported speed enforcement, but did not like the way it was done.
He called his estranged wife Judith, his passenger at the time he was caught driving at 39mph in a 30mph area at Broughton, as a defence witness.
Mrs Kilshaw, who gave an address at Nant Mawr Court in Buckley but added she had three addresses, was learning to drive at the time.
She was concentrating on road signs ahead and did not see any warning signs of a speed camera.Š
She said: ‘It was not there. If it had been strong wings must have blown it down.’
Asked by prosecutor John Wylde if they had a lot to talk about that day, Mrs Kilshaw said it was the day where she had decided ‘to depart for pastures new’.
Kilshaw was fined £300 with £100 costs and three penalty points were put on his licence.
The Kilshaws made headlines around the world in January 2001 when they tried to adopt baby girls from the US over the internet for £8,200. Eighteen months later Mr Kilshaw was struck off by a disciplinary panel after breaching the profession’s strict financial rules.