Footballer jailed for speeding scam

A former Premiership footballer has been jailed for six months after he tried to dodge a series of speeding fines.

Ex-Norwich City striker Leon McKenzie admitted sending fake letters to police claiming that his car was off the road.

The letters were sent to Northamptonshire Police purporting to be from a fictional garage in London.

McKenzie, from Northampton, admitted sending the letters in an attempt to avoid six speeding fines between February 2008 and December 2009.

He pleaded guilty to six charges of perverting the course of justice at a hearing earlier this year.

The 33-year-old began his career at Crystal Palace before going on to play for Northampton and Norwich. He retired from professional football in December.

Lawyers for McKenzie told Northampton Crown Court that he was a person of good character who was suffering from depression at the time of the offence.

But Judge Richard Bray said: "A custodial sentence is necessary for this type of offence which strikes right at the heart of justice. It would completely send out the wrong message if I did not hand out a custodial sentence."

The judge also banned McKenzie from driving for 18 months.

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