Norwich City player Kyle Naughton wins speeding appeal
PUBLISHED: 19:10 30 March 2012
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Norwich City footballer Kyle Naughton has had his 15-month driving ban cut to nine months on appeal, but was given a "friendly warning" by a judge to be more careful in future or he would face a longer driving ban.
Naughton was earlier given the 15-month ban by Norwich magistrates after he admitted speeding by driving 53mph in a 30mph limit in Swardeston, near Norwich, in August last year and by going 96mph on the 70mph A11 at Wymondham in November.
The 24 year-old right-back, who was driving an Audi car at the time, was also fined £1,500 and given 11 points on his licence.
Naughton, of Woodford Green, Essex, faced disqualification because he had already amassed nine points on his licence for three speeding offences in the past three years.
However, he was back before Norwich Crown Court yesterday after he appealed the length of the disqualification and Judge Peter De Mille allowed the ban to be cut to nine months, but said: “When you get your driving licence back again, in the event you were to exceed the speed limit, having this matter on your record any future ban is likely to be longer, so that is a friendly warning from the court.”
Andrew Henley, for Naughton, said that the impact of the driving ban had been great. He said that he deserved credit for pleading guilty and said that he had not been represented when he appeared before magistrates and was nervous about speaking in court.
“The court might have thought him arrogant, but he is anything but arrogant and did not know what to say to the court.”
He said that Naughton came from a deprived area in Sheffield and had got where he was through his hard work and commitment.
Mr Henley said that he was seen as a role model and made regular visits to his former school.
“He has never had a discipline issue in sport. He is a pleasant respectful young man.”
After the hearing Naughton did not want to add any further comment.