Naseem Hamed handed driving fine

Former world boxing champion Naseem Hamed has been fined more than £1,000 for driving offences.

The former WBA world featherweight champion drove following a lengthy ban without re-taking his test first, Woking Magistrates' Court heard.

Hamed, who is from Sheffield, did not appear in court but pleaded guilty in his absence to driving a vehicle otherwise in accordance with a driving licence and driving withoutcar insurance.

He was jailed for 15 months in 2006 after a crash which left another man with fractures to "every major bone in his body".

Following the incident, Hamed was also disqualified from driving for four years, a ban which ended in March 2010.

Under the terms of the ban, he was required to retake his driving test before getting behind the wheel.

However, he drove his wife's car home last August after receiving a call to say his youngest son was sick, magistrates were told.

Chair of the magistrates Anne Willmer fined Hamed £1,000 for driving with no insurance and ordered six penalty points to be added to his licence. He was fined £150 for driving without re-taking his test and was ordered to pay £43 costs and an additional surcharge of £15.

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