Mr Loophole loses Defoe ban appeal

Mr Loophole loses Defoe ban appeal

Celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman, also known as Mr Loophole, has finally lost a case as footballer Jermaine Defoe was ordered to pay legal costs of more than £1,500 over a driving ban appeal.

At a hearing at Chelmsford Crown Court, Judge Anthony Goldstaub QC dismissed the Tottenham and England striker's appeal as "frivolous" and one that "should never have been initiated".

Defoe had been fined £1,500 and disqualified from driving for six months after being found guilty of twice breaking a 50mph speed limit on the M11 northbound in Chigwell, Essex, in his Land Rover. The luxury sports car was clocked at 65mph on April 16 and 81mph on June 5 last year.

Chelmsford Magistrates' Court also handed Defoe a legal bill of £600 and he had 12 penalty points added to his licence.

Mr Freeman, who handled the footballer's appeal, argued there was no evidence to prove he was driving, and that prosecutors had not proved the paperwork was issued by a person authorised by the chief constable of Essex.

He also said the court could not be sure Defoe had received speeding notices or that he had not responded to them.

But Judge Goldstaub dismissed the arguments saying they were based on "sad and ill-conceived technical points".

He added: "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."

Defoe was ordered to pay prosecution appeal costs of £1,570.

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