In December, Ashley Cole was found guilty of driving at more than 100mph in a 50mph zone.
The footballer – married to Cheryl Cole – claimed he was being chased by paparazzi, although the police officer who stopped him found no evidence he was being chased by the press. Driving his black Lamborghini Gallardo at 104mph, Magistrates warned him he could be banned from driving.
Though his lawyer defended the absent Ashley Cole in court, chairwoman Judith Jewell said magistrates were “convinced enough” by the evidence presented. “Our reasons are that we feel that the evidence of the police officer was credible and we feel entitled to believe that the equipment was operating properly,” she said at Kingston Magistrates’ Court.
Richard Lomax, prosecuting Cole said: “The defendant was stopped and spoken to and the words he said at the time, when it became plain that somebody was pointing a speed camera at him, were, ‘Can’t you do anything about those idiots who keep chasing me?’.“
When asked at the roadside by the police officer how fast he was travelling, Cole replied “80mph“, which was well below the 104mph on the officers speed gun. Mr Lomax said: “The Crown says there can be no other sensible construction of the words uttered by Mr Cole at the time than that he was conceding he was driving at a speed more than 50mph.“
Mr Cole’s lawyer – probably on a ridiculous sum of money – had attempted to get her client off the charge based on a legal “technicality” but was unsuccessful. The case was adjourned at the start of January in order for Mr Cole to be present in court when he is sentenced. He is due to attend court tomorrow, we will update when news lands.