Man United’s Brandon Williams is fined £1,000 for ignoring police letters after his DAD was caught speeding in the £40,000 Mercedes he’d bought him… and even celebrity lawyer dubbed ‘Mr Loophole’ can’t help the ‘naive’ defender
- Brandon Williams has been fined £1,000 for failing to report a speeding offence
- The Manchester United defender appeared in court over the driving charge
- A car registered to Williams’ address was caught speeding on a north Wales road
- The player’s father, Paul, admitted to being the driver and filled in a police form
Manchester United defender Brandon Williams has been slapped with a £1,000 fine for ignoring police about a speeding offence in Wales – but avoided further punishment thanks to the celebrity lawyer known as ‘Mr. Loophole’.
The 20-year-old was represented at Mould Magistrates Court on Thursday by celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman after a £40,000 Mercedes registered in the player’s name was caught speeding on a north Wales road.
The court was told that police sent a form to Williams, who registered the luxury car to an address in Manchester, which was completed by his father Paul after he admitted that he was the driver caught speeding on the A55 in Rhaullt Hill.
The prosecuting lawyer then said a response had been sent directly to Williams for him to complete, but he failed to do so.
Williams, who earns £40,000-a-week at United, argued that his father is the person who deals with his post and was the reason he never responded to the police’s second letter.
Manchester United defender Brandon Williams (pictured right in 2020) has been slapped with a £1,000 fine for ignoring police about a speeding offence his dad Paul (left) committed
The £40,000 Mercedes (pictured), which Williams bought as a 50th birthday present for his father, was being driven by Paul Williams when he was clocked for speeding
Despite this, Williams was found guilty for failing to provide information and was slapped with the £1,000 fine and ordered to pay £720 in costs.
While the England Under 21 international was found guilty, celebrity lawyer Freeman argued successfully that no points should be imposed on the player’s license.
The full back claimed he has been solely focusing on his football and that his father, who had been clocked speeding at an average of 85mph in a 70 zone in north Wales, was dealing with his mail.
The Mercedes, which Williams bought as a 50th birthday present for his father, has never been driven by the left back and was staying at the Lowry Hotel in Manchester at the time of the incident.
Williams said it was not ‘reasonably practicable’ for him to give the information as his father had intercepted the notice.
‘The defendant is the innocent victim here. He’s nothing to gain,’ Mr Freeman insisted.
Williams was staying at the Lowry Hotel with his United team-mates at the time of the offence
However, Magistrates chairman Andrew Stubbs refused to let the player walk away scot free and slapped him with the fine.
Stubbs believed there were ‘significant mitigating circumstances’ in the case and that Williams had been naive.
Speaking outside of court on Thursday, Mr Freeman said: ‘To all intents and purposes this was a technical offence where the Magistrates had significant sympathy with Brandon’s plight.
‘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 six 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 and ensure nobody else completes the form on their behalf.’