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Man wrongly jailed faces court again.


A FORMER soldier wrongly jailed for a violent murder yesterday admitted drink-driving while three times the legal limit.

Eddie Browning, 52, of Ffynon Wed, Llanon, west Wales, served six years in prison for the M50 murder of Marie Wilks, before being released in 1994.

The pregnant housewife, 22, was found dead in 1988 after her car broke down on the roadside near Bushley, in Hereford and Worcester. Her throat was cut.

Browning later received a substantial pay out as compensation for the time he spent in prison.

Appearing at Aberystwyth Magistrates' Court yesterday, he admitted a drink-driving charge but pleaded special circumstances, claiming friends spiked his drink without his knowledge.

Magistrates have the discretion not to ban a driver if they feel special circumstances justify such leniency.

Browning also denied possessing a lock knife in a public place during his brief appearance yesterday.

David James, defending, successfully argued for magistrates to adjourn passing sentence until they hold a special circumstances hearing.

Magistrates adjourned the case until March 2 for a pre-trial review with regard to the alleged knife offence.

Evidence for a special hearing would also be gathered in the meantime.

Browning was released on unconditional bail.
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Publication:Daily Post (Liverpool, England)
Date:Jan 20, 2005
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