Cole avoids ban from roads as court hears wife ‘too trau­ma­tised to drive’

The Scotsman - - News - tom mor­gan

Eng­Land foot­baller Joe Cole avoided an im­me­di­ate ban for speed­ing at 105mph when a court heard his wife was “se­verely trau­ma­tised” af­ter be­ing dragged from her car by “eight thugs on mo­tor­bikes”.

Carly Zucker has been left un­able to get back be­hind the wheel af­ter she was the vic­tim of a car­jack­ing out­side her Chelsea home, Staines Mag­is­trates’ Court in south-west London was told.

Po­lice are still hunt­ing for the black audi a4 which was stolen al­most a fort­night ago, said Cole’s lawyer nick Free­man.

Chair­man of the bench John neary agreed to sus­pend a 50day ban and £750 fine while Mr Free­man launches an ap­peal. The player did not ap­pear in court. Mr Free­man told the court: “His wife was out­side their house in London when she was car­jacked by eight thugs who were on mo­tor­bikes. She was phys­i­cally re­moved from the car.

“The car was stolen and it has not yet been re­cov­ered. She is 26 and has been se­verely trau­ma­tised to the ex­tent that she has not driven a car since.”

The sit­u­a­tion was “com­pounded” by the fact that Cole and his wife had moved up to Mersey­side since his sum­mer switch from Chelsea to Liver­pool FC.

Mrs Zucker and her five­month-old baby would not be able to use pub­lic trans­port if Cole was banned be­cause of their “pro­file”, the lawyer added.

Cole’s driv­ing li­cence and doc­u­ments were in the glove com­part­ment of the stolen car, Mr Free­man added.

Cole was driv­ing his wife’s a4 when a po­lice of­fi­cer spot­ted him break­ing the 70mph limit in novem­ber last year.

Cole is to ap­peal against ban, which fol­lows car­jack­ing scare

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