Anger over Beckham’s ticket dodge
DAVID Beckham has been accused of “shirking his responsibility” as a role model after he avoided prosecution over a speeding charge on a technicality.
The former England football captain, 43, enlisted the services of a celebrity lawyer dubbed “Mr Loophole” after he was accused of driving a Bentley at 59mph in a 40mph zone in London.
Despite accepting he was driving the car at that speed, he will not face action because a notice of intended prosecution (NIP) was not received until one day after the statutory 14-day time limit.
After a trial at Wimbledon Magistrates’ Court on Thursday, a judge accepted that the ticket had not arrived in time and Beckham could not be convicted.
Joshua Harris, director of campaigns for Brake, said: “It is hugely disappointing to see a role model like David Beckham shirking his responsibility and getting off a speeding prosecution on a mere technicality.”