Prem star is jailed

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FOR­MER Nor­wich City striker Leon Mcken­zie has said de­pres­sion and be­ing in a “bad place” led to him be­ing jailed for send­ing bo­gus let­ters to the po­lice in a bid to avoid a driv­ing ban.

The 33-year-old, of Northamp­ton, was sen­tenced to six months in prison yes­ter­day af­ter ad­mit­ting send­ing the let­ters to po­lice in an at­tempt to avoid speed­ing con­vic­tions.

In a state­ment re­leased af­ter he was sen­tenced, the exPremier­ship foot­baller, who has now started a new ca­reer in mu­sic, said he had var­i­ous work and per­sonal prob­lems at the time and “couldn’t al­ways make sense of what was go­ing on”.

He went on: “At that time I fell deep into de­pres­sion, which led me to try and take my life.

“My be­hav­iour to­wards cer­tain things like these speed­ing of­fences were to­tally un­ac­cept­able.”

Mcken­zie ad­mit­ted six charges of per­vert- ing the course of jus­tice at a hear­ing ear­lier this year af­ter send­ing let­ters to Nor t hamp­ton­shire Po­lice to avoid six speed­ing fines be­tween Fe­bru­ary 2008 and De­cem­ber 2009.

The let­ters, which pur­ported to be from a fic­tional London garage, claimed Mcken­zie’s car was off the road.

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