TV legend, 83, admits hit-and-run crash days after sister’s funeral
Posted by  badge Boss on Dec 13, 2023 - 06:41PM
Jimmy Tarbuck pleaded guilty to the driving offences (Picture: SAV/GC Images)

has been fined after pleading guilty to a series of driving offences committed near his south-west home, according to court documents.

Known as Tarby, the 83-year-old pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, failing to stop and to give his name and address after a road accident, and failing to report an accident.

The crash reportedly took place just days after his sister’s funeral.

The television star was filmed on a Ring doorbell driving his Lexus away from a row of damaged vehicles on 15 May, it has been reported.

He damaged vehicles including a Vauxhall Corsa while driving in Coombe Gardens, Kingston Upon Thames, near his home.

During a hearing at Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, bench chair Dr Samantha Cobb said the magistrates took into account that Tarbuck had ‘recently lost his sister and it had been her funeral in the preceding days’, reported.

The judge took into consideration his difficult family circumstances at the time (Picture: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

The outlet also made clear that Tarbuck pleaded guilty to the offences by post and did not attend court, but sent a letter to the court apologising for his actions.

A document containing court results recorded that Tarbuck was fined £716 and his driving record was endorsed with five penalty points.

He was also ordered to pay £110 in costs and a £286 victim surcharge.

Prosecutor Laura-Ann Harding told the court the incident occurred at around 3.30pm: ‘The defendant drove a vehicle without due care and attention.

‘They collided heavily into stationary vehicles, causing severe damage and at the same time an accident occurred with another vehicle, a Vauxhall Corsa and they failed to stop when required and give their name and address.

‘Multiple vehicles were hit and one was shunted forward three houses. Nobody was injured as all the vehicles were parked and empty at the time.’

Tarbuck was a host of Sunday Night at the London Palladium in the mid-1960s (Picture: Don Smith/Radio Times via Getty Images)

Bench chair Dr Samantha Cobb said: ‘We have read his mitigation and the bench fully accept he is full of remorse and is deeply apologetic.

‘We accept this was utterly out of keeping with his character and we take into account he had recently lost his sister and it had been her funeral in the preceding days.’

‘He says he cannot explain why he did not stop that day.’

Tarbuck, born in Liverpool, rose to fame in the 1960s and was known for hosting variety shows including Sunday Night At The London Palladium and Live From Her Majesty’s.

He appeared on television screens in August while speaking to Good Morning Britain.

He was a guest on the same show in 2020 during which he discussed his prostate cancer diagnosis.

‘I just enjoyed his company. And he was simply, my dear friends, a giant. A giant of our industry, by by God – I’m getting choked now,’ he said of his late friend. ‘He was a giant friend. And he was a giant friend to me.’