Friday, November 16, 2007

Golf star Faldo wins speed appeal

Golf star Faldo wins speed appeal

Golfer Nick Faldo has been cleared of a driving offence after his BMW was caught speeding on the Severn Bridge between Wales and England.
Faldo's 4x4 was caught on speed camera exceeding the M4's 50mph limit.

He was fined £200 in August for failing to identify the driver of the vehicle, of which he was the registered owner.

But his lawyers told Newport Crown Court the conviction should not be upheld because the car was not owned by the Ryder Cup captain, but by his firm.

The 50-year-old winner of six golf majors claimed he was not driving the car owned by Faldo Enterprises.

His lawyers appealed against the conviction handed to Faldo by magistrates in Abergavenny in August.

Judge David Morris said that as a result of new evidence the Crown Prosecution Service had decided not to oppose Faldo's appeal.

The golfer did not appear in court but the case was listed under the name of Nicholas Faldo,

A CPS spokesman said: "The case was reviewed in light of information that came to light after the conviction by magistrates.

"It was decided the conviction could no longer be sustained and the CPS decided not to contest the appeal."


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