Pic: David Beckham Smiling – seen here at the Royal Wedding earlier in 2018

English footballing legend David Beckham has been on the receiving end of the law once again, but he’s escaped on a technicality. Some say this is proof that athletes with good lawyers and a bag full of money can break the law and walk away scot-free.

The former Manchester United midfielder was accused of driving at 59mph in a 40mph zone on the A40 in London just after 5:30 in the evening. However, his lawyer Nick Freelance, known as Mr Loophole, found a loophole to get the charges dropped.

Freeman argued that a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) arrived a day later than the statutory 14-day window – a technicality Freelance used to help Beckham win his case and avoid prosecution.

Not Guilty of Speeding in Spite of Speeding

David Beckham pleaded not guilty in spite of clearly being caught speeding and allegedly placing the lives of others in danger. District Judge Barbara Barnes told the court that the defendant (Beckham) can’t be convicted due to a speeding notice arriving late at Bentley Motors Ltd.

Judge Barnes was convinced that the NIP didn’t arrive on time at Bentley Motors where Beckham had hired the Bentley he was caught speeding in.

The NIP was sent on February 2 and was supposed to arrive at Bentley Motors Ltd, the registered owners of the car, by February 6. Judge Barnes stated that the law allows for the vagaries of the postal system to be taken into consideration.

It was reported that Beckham was not present in court during the ruling on Thursday at the Wimbledon Magistrate. Speaking to reporters after the verdict Freeman said his client was very pleased with the outcome and his legal team’s good work.

Not the First Time David Beckham Has Got Off the Hook

This is the second time Freeman has got Beckham off the hook. In 1999 he represented the former Real Madrid star when he needed to get his assisted Beckham to get his licence back after a speeding conviction had been upheld against him by a Judge.

The English legend is one of many athletics who appear to be above the law. The Greatest Olympian of all time, Michael Phelps was sentenced to spend a year in prison, but instead, he was placed on probation for 18 months with his licence suspended for 90 days.

Kenny Britt, an American football wide receiver who is currently a free agent has been arrested multiple times for drug possession, resisting arrest, and for Driving Under the Influence (DUI). He once pled guilty to careless driving and received a $478 fine! Surprisingly all his previous charges were dropped.

Former two-time world series champion Jim Leyritz was involved in a fatal car accident when he crashed onto Freida Veitch’s vehicle. He was under the influence of alcohol at the time and Veitch died. Yet, the former Yankee player shockingly managed to escape jail time. He was somehow acquitted of DUI and received only one-years probation and a $500 fine.

Other well-known athletics who have clearly broken the law while driving their expensive cars include German football legend Michael Ballack, Madrid hitman Karim Benzema, Belgium midfielder Marouane Fellaini, midfield maestro Cesc Febregas, and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard.

Surely they need to take responsibility for their actions? What do you think? Or are they all simply above the law?

 

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Tokelo Martin Mokhesi is a journalism graduate. Born and bred in Soweto. Tokelo Martin also known as Teekay is currently studying towards his Bachelor of Commerce in Business Management. Qualified sports journalist and social media manager. A keen sportsman, he plays cricket at Soweto Pioneers Cricket Club and is a former Ultimate Frisbee player for South Africa U24 (The Wild Dogs). On a mission to change lives through the power of sport. Tokelo is also a sport activist, and aspiring business owner/sport academy/agency/club Email: Martinmokhesi7@gmail.com

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