Brandon Williams escaped with no penalty points on his licence after becoming the latest footballer to hire “Mr Loophole” for a driving offence.
Manchester United defender Williams, 20, was convicted of failing to give details about the driver of a speeding car but a court accepted it was down to a mix-up in his mail.
Williams denied failing to say who was driving a Mercedes, which had been speeding at an average 85mph in a 70mph zone on the A55 at Rhuallt Hill, in north Wales.
The car belonged to his father Paul – given the Mercedes as a 50th birthday present – who completed the penalty notice when it arrived in the post and admitted being the driver.
But United left back Williams was the car’s registered keeper, had no idea the notice had been sent and it was opened and returned by his father.
But Nick “Mr Loophole” Freeman – who has been used by the likes of David Beckham in previous motoring cases – successfully argued that the England under-21 star should not get points on his licence.
Magistrates’ chairman Andrew Stubbs told him there were “significant mitigating circumstances” and they believed Williams had been naïve.
Williams, of Wilmslow in Cheshire, was fined the maximum £1,000 and ordered to pay £720 in costs.
Freeman said after the case: “To all intents and purposes this was a technical offence where the Magistrates had significant sympathy with Brandon’s plight.
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“The section 172 was filled in by his father without Brandon’s knowledge to honestly reflect the speeding offence which his father had committed.
“Unusually, the Magistrates declined from imposing mandatory 6 penalty points which reflects their sympathy with the circumstances.
“This case highlights the need for registered keepers to ensure that they complete the notices themselves. This should not be delegated to anybody else.”