Saturday 19 October 2019

David Beckham disqualified for six months for driving Bentley while on a mobile phone

Former England international footballer David Beckham arrives at Bromley Magistrates Court in Bromley, south-east of London on May 9, 2019, where his case of driving whilst using a mobile phone is being held. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
Former England international footballer David Beckham arrives at Bromley Magistrates Court in Bromley, south-east of London on May 9, 2019, where his case of driving whilst using a mobile phone is being held. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
Former England international footballer David Beckham arrives at Bromley Magistrates Court in Bromley, south-east of London on May 9, 2019, where his case of driving whilst using a mobile phone is being held. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

Jemma Crew

David Beckham has been banned for driving for six months for using his mobile phone while driving his Bentley in London's West End.

The football star, 43, previously pleaded guilty to using the device while driving in Great Portland Street, after being spotted by a member of the public on November 21.

His case was initially considered at Bromley Magistrates' Court last month, through an administrative process known as a single justice procedure, which is not open to the press or public.

Beckham, who appeared in the same court wearing a dark grey suit and tie, was told by District Judge Catherine Moore that he would be disqualified as she gave him six additional points to the six he already had for previous speeding matters.

The star stood in court to say his full name, date of birth and his west London address.

Prosecutor Matthew Spratt said Beckham was photographed by a member of public as he drove in "slowly moving" traffic while holding a phone.

Former England international footballer David Beckham arrives at Bromley Magistrates Court in Bromley, south-east of London on May 9, 2019, where his case of driving whilst using a mobile phone is being held. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
Former England international footballer David Beckham arrives at Bromley Magistrates Court in Bromley, south-east of London on May 9, 2019, where his case of driving whilst using a mobile phone is being held. (Photo by Daniel LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)

He said: "Instead of looking straight forward, paying attention to the road, he appeared to be looking at his lap."

He added: "He (the witness) says that the defendant was operating a handheld device at knee level. At that moment a photograph was taken.

"The defendant was holding the mobile phone in the upright position."

Gerrard Tyrrell, mitigating, said his client was travelling slowly and has "no recollection of the day in question or this particular incident".

He added: "There is no excuse for what took place but his view is as he cannot remember... he's going to plead guilty and that's what he's done."

Beckham was also fined £750, ordered to pay £100 to prosecution costs and a £75 surcharge fee within seven days.

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