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Defoe fined for 'frivolous' appeal

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Jermain Defoe was criticised by a judge for making a "frivolous" attempt to escape speeding penalties - and handed a legal bill of more than £1,500 on Wednesday.

Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC dismissed Defoe's appeal against a driving ban, saying he thought the Tottenham and England striker had "played the litigation game".

During a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court, the judge said Defoe's arguments were based on "sad and ill-conceived technical points" and the appeal should not have been launched.

Defoe, 27, of Cuffley, Hertfordshire, appealed after being disqualified from driving in July.

Chelmsford Magistrates Court had been told Defoe twice broke a 50mph speed limit on the M11 northbound in Chigwell, Essex, in 2008.

District Judge David Cooper was told Defoe's luxury black Land Rover sports vehicle was clocked travelling at 65mph on April 16 and 81mph on June 5.

Defoe denied any offence but Judge Cooper found him guilty of speeding and failing to inform the authorities who was driving.

The striker was fined £1,500, disqualified from driving for six months, had 12 penalty points added to his licence and was ordered to pay £600 costs.

Defoe, represented by celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman, appealed and argued there was no evidence to prove he was driving; prosecutors had not proved paperwork was issued by a person authorised by the chief constable of Essex; the court could not be sure Defoe had received speeding notices and the court could not be sure Defoe had not responded to the notices.

Judge Goldstaub said: "This appeal is a frivolous and vexatious piece of criminal litigation by the appellant and should never have been initiated. It is based on technical and legal points empty of substantial merit and bad in themselves."

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