Drink-drive charge for AB's brother

TRACEY CHATTERTON
Last updated 05:00 07/08/2012
Victor Guildford, 21, left, and his older brother, Zac Guildford.
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BROTHERS IN ARMS: Victor Guildford, 21, left, and his older brother, Zac Guildford.

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All Black Zac Guildford's younger brother has just notched up his third drink-driving charge, at the age of 21.

Victor Guildford wants to serve his sentence in the community, and asked Napier District Court yesterday if he could serve it flatting with his brother, who has previously admitted having an alcohol problem.

But Judge Richard Watson said he was "pretty unhappy" about that possibility.

Now the brothers' mother, Deborah Guildford, has decided, after the court proceedings, that it would be best for Victor to live with her.

"Yes, Vic was going to live with Zachary, because Zachary wanted to help his brother out over the next few months," she said.

Zac Guildford has promised to stay sober for a year after becoming involved in a bar brawl in Rarotonga in November during a booze-fuelled night out.

His mother did not think Victor had a problem with alcohol and stressed that the incident had nothing to do with his All Black brother.

Guildford was driving along Puketapu Rd at 4.20am on April 29 when a police officer pulled him over. His breath alcohol level of 763 micrograms was almost twice the legal limit of 400mcg.

It was his third time caught drunk behind the wheel.

Defence lawyer Michael McAleer asked the judge yesterday to delay sentencing because Guildford wanted to change the address proposed for serving a community-based sentence from his mother's home in Napier to his brother's flat in Taradale. Mr McAleer said he had advised against this.

Judge Watson also expressed scepticism about the possibility of Guildford serving a sentence in a flat with other young men. "It will become a complete party central point for Taradale."

Mrs Guildford said the family had been through a lot and were just trying to get on with their lives. The boys' father, Robert, died in June 2009. "Their dad was an amazing guy and he's left an amazing hole."

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