Notorious Mr Loophole strikes again

The lawyer known as 'Mr Loophole' has worked his magic once again after a motoring offence case against Tottenham Hotspur footballer Jermain Defoe was dismissed due to "inadmissible" evidence.

The 26-year-old striker had been accused of unlawfully allowing his cousin to use his customised Range Rover. The charges included permitting the use of a vehicle without a licence, permitting the use of a vehicle without insurance and an offence connected to the 4x4's tinted windows.

But Nick Freeman, who earned his nickname by clearing a string of celebrity clients of motoring offences, said the charge had been dropped after key evidence was ruled "inadmissible".

He explained: "The prosecution's evidence rested on the telephone call the police officer made at the roadside. He believed he was talking to my client when in fact he wasn't.

"When the Crown Prosecution Service applied to admit this evidence we opposed it on the grounds it was hearsay and therefore inadmissible. Our defence was successful, the CPS decided not appeal and, therefore, as there was no prosecution evidence, the case against Mr Defoe was dropped."

A spokesman for Essex Magistrates' Courts confirmed the case was no longer listed.

Mr Freeman's list of celebrity clients include Jimmy Carr, Jeremy Clarkson and David Beckham.

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