A RETIRED dad says he has used up his son’s £30,000 inheritance fighting a three-year battle over a £100 speeding fine.
Richard Keedwall, 71, claims a “seriously flawed” legal system cost him his savings in his quest for “justice”.
Richard Keedwall says he’s spent three years and £30,000 fighting a £100 speeding fine[/caption]
The retired engineer claimed he had ‘no case to answer’, insisting he had not been driving at 35mph in a 30mph zone[/caption]
The former engineer insists he was wrongly clocked driving at 35mph in a 30mph zone in Worcester in 2016.
Richard, of of Yate in Gloucestershire, said: “I was very surprised when a couple of days later I got the NIP [Notice of Intended Prosecution].
“I really could not believe that I had been speeding. It made a simple day out turn very sour actually.”
The Crown Prosecution Service said the case was lengthy due to a “multiplicity of issues”.
‘NO CASE TO ANSWER’
Richard , claiming he had no case to answer, recruited the help of a video and electronics expert who told the court the speed camera may have been triggered by a car in an adjacent lane or could have been faulty, reports the BBC.
But Richard claims he made four trips to Worcester Magistrates’ Court before his appeal was heard last month.
I regret the amount of money. I very simply wanted justice
This cost him “the best part of £30,000”, he said, including £21,000 in barristers’ fees, £7,000 in court costs and travelling expenses to and from court.
He said he felt guilty his family would miss out, adding that the case had proved “very stressful”.
He said: “I’m sick and tired at the whole system which is steamrolling ordinary people.
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“I regret the amount of money. I very simply wanted justice.”
A CPS spokesman said some issues raised by the defence led to the need for additional hearings and for expert evidence to be obtained.
He added: “As the case involved both a lengthy trial at the magistrates’ court and subsequent hearings at the crown court to progress an appeal against conviction, the overall length of the case took some time to conclude.”
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