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Cole escapes driving ban after court hears of wife's carjacking ordeal

Mark Hughes in London

Published 28/08/2010 | 05:00

LIVERPOOL footballer Joe Cole has escaped an immediate driving ban for speeding at 105mph, after his solicitor told a court in London yesterday that the midfielder needed his licence to drive his wife -- who is too scared to get behind the wheel following a carjacking and too famous to catch public transport.

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The court heard that Carly Zucker was left "severely traumatised" after being dragged from her car by "eight thugs on motorbikes" outside her flat in London two weeks ago. Cole's solicitor Nick Freeman, known as Mr Loophole for his ability to defend clients facing driving offences, told the court that Ms Zucker had not driven since the incident and was too well known to use public transport.

Cole, found guilty at an earlier hearing, was banned for 50 days, but the court suspended the punishment pending appeal. (© Independent News Service)

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