TV comic Phill Jupitus fined over hit-and-run in Fife

TV comic Phill Jupitus has been fined over a hit-and-run car crash.

By Jamie Beatson
Tuesday, 12th March 2019, 5:00 pm
Updated Tuesday, 12th March 2019, 5:27 pm
Phil Jupitus smashed his Volvo into a truck in Fife. Picture: Phil Wilkinson
Phil Jupitus smashed his Volvo into a truck in Fife. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

The Never Mind The Buzzcocks star crashed his Volvo XC60 SUV into a Ford Ranger pickup truck on Main Street in Colinsburgh, Fife, in December.

But he didn’t stop, leaving the Ford motor damaged at the side of the road.

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Jupitus was not present for the short hearing at Dundee Justice of the Peace court today.

He was fined £300 over the incident a few miles from his home in the East Neuk of Fife.

Jupitus, 56, from Pittenweem in Fife, pleaded guilty on summary complaint to a charge of failing to stop at the scene of an accident on 21 December.

The charge states that his car collided with the Ford and that he failed to stop and give his name and address to the owner of the other vehicle.

His not-guilty plea to a second charge of failing to report the accident to police within 24 hours was accepted by the Crown.

Fiscal depute Lynne Mannion said Jupitus had no previous convictions and no live points on his driving licence.

Justice of the Peace Sarah Walker fined the TV star £300 and placed five points on his driving licence.

She said: “Due to the early plea I will impose a fine of £450, reduced to £300 for the plea.”

Last year Jupitus told how he was loving life in Fife, having moved there in Septembe3 2017.

He said: “Once the kids had grown up, there was always a sense I wanted to go somewhere radically different from where I’ve been all my life.

“I think coming from an island you have a weird connection with the sea. It was always in my head that I wanted to live near the sea.

“I’d been spending more time gigging in Edinburgh and basically spent about a year on trains or driving to look around for a house.

“Fife was the closest rural place to Edinburgh. And while we were initially looking for somewhere closer to train lines and things, I actually quite like that where I live now it takes a bit of an effort to get there.”