Pienaar fined for speeding

2012-05-10 13:18

Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Steven Pienaar, who is on loan at Everton, has been fined £1 000 (R12 000) and had seven points added to his driving licence.

This comes after he told the court he missed a previous hearing because he moved house, according to the bournelocal.co.uk website.

The 30-year-old South Africa international was previously found guilty in his absence of failing to disclose who was driving his Aston Martin DBS after it was twice caught speeding last October.

At Chelmsford Magistrates’ Court, those convictions were withdrawn and he instead admitted two counts of speeding after saying he had not been aware of the earlier allegations.

As he appeared in a secure dock wearing blue jeans and a black jacket, he laughed as the court clerk told magistrates: “Apparently he’s a footballer. I’m not a football fan.”

His lawyer, Gwynn Lewis, said Pienaar had missed the hearing after moving from his previous address in Theydon Road, Epping, Essex, to Ibbotson Lane, Liverpool, when he was loaned back to former club Everton by Tottenham in January.

Lewis said: “He wasn’t aware of the previous court hearing – the first he heard of it was when he read press reports and he then handed himself in to police in Warrington straight away.”

Prosecutor Joseph Stickings told the court the Aston Martin was caught by a fixed speed camera on Lambourne Road, Chigwell, doing 38mph in a 30mph zone on October 10 and again doing 43mph on the same road on October 21.

Lewis said his client was in a “privileged position” in terms of salary but did not reveal his precise wage in court.

Pienaar had not realised he needed to transfer the registration of his car to his new address, he added.

Pienaar paid the fine of £1 000 plus £175 in legal costs and a victim surcharge before leaving court.

He was given three points for the 38mph offence and four for the 43mph offence.

–Sport24

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