Old Trafford star Fletcher fined

Manchester United midfielder Darren Fletcher has been found guilty of a motoring offence despite not being behind the wheel at the time of the incident.

The Scotland international's trial centred on a speeding offence which took place on the M6 in Cumbria in November 2008 in which Fletcher's father was driving his son's Range Rover.

Penrith Magistrates' Court heard that Fletcher had failed to respond to a request from Cumbria Police to identify the driver and had been summonsed to court on a charge of "failing to give information regarding a driver's identity".

Fletcher enlisted the help of celebrity lawyer Nick 'Mr Loophole' Freeman, who has already represented fellow footballer Jermain Defoe and his own boss, Sir Alex Ferguson who immediately launched an appeal against the conviction.

The defence accepted that Fletcher's father had been speeding in the Range Rover but claimed that the notice to provide driver information regarding the offence - posted on 1 December 2008 - had never been received.

Fletcher was given six penalty points, fined £625 and ordered to pay £900 prosecution costs and £15 victim surcharge.

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