Dad of 1D star Louis Tomlinson given points on licence after suicide bid

BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE  Terry Bolwell, stands with his brother Troy Austin (left), the estranged father of One Direction star Louis Tomlinson. Picture: Alex Britton/PA Wire
BEST QUALITY AVAILABLE Terry Bolwell, stands with his brother Troy Austin (left), the estranged father of One Direction star Louis Tomlinson. Picture: Alex Britton/PA Wire

The dad of Doncaster singing superstar Louis Tomlinson, who was arrested for drink driving after attempting to kill himself, has been given ten points on his driving licence.

Troy Austin, aged 46, of no fixed abode, pleaded guilty to failing to provide a breath test at a previous hearing at Doncaster Magistrates Court.

Joanne Lewis-Crookes, prosecuting, told the court the police were called on August 18 because of concerns for Mr Austin’s mental health.

He was found in Cantley Park standing next to a vehicle and with the car keys in his possession.

The court heard that police officers found cans in the car as he had been drinking alcohol to pluck up the courage to end his life.

In mitigation, Ross Wagstaff, told the court Mr Austin had been voluntarily engaging with Doncaster Alcohol Services and was doing his best to turn his life around.

Giving Mr Austin a 12 month conditional discharge and ten points on his driving licence, head magistrate Stuart Highfield said: “We have given you maximum credit for your early guilty plea and have taken in to consideration your mental state at the time.

“We are giving you this chance. Let’s hope it’s a one off and we don’t see you here again.”

Mr Austin, who has no contact with Louis, was also ordered to pay £250 in costs.