Comedian Jim Davidson manages to cut speed ban in half after enduring ‘extraordinary hardship’
COMIC Jim Davidson has managed to halve his speed ban after enduring “extraordinary hardship”.
The comedian appeared before the Crown Court today and convinced a judge to halve his 12-month driving ban after he was caught speeding.
The comedian, best known for hosting TV shows Big Break and The Generation Game, was driving his Mercedes at 36mph in a 30mph zone in March last year.
The 69-year-old was caught by one of the busiest speed cameras in the country on the Maybray King Way in Southampton, Hants – it was triggered an average of 70 times a day from 2015 to 2017.
Davidson, who lives in the market town of Stockbridge, Hampshire, was given a 12-month driving ban and three penalty points and a £333 fine by Aldershot Magistrates’ Court earlier this year.
But today at Southampton Crown Court, while his solicitor was otherwise occupied, Davidson represented himself at an appeals hearing and impressed the judge – who saw his driving ban halved as a result.
A solemn statement on his website following the legal victory said, “Jim represented himself in court because his attorney was stuck in another proceeding and the court refused to adjourn the hearing.”
“Judge Peter Henry commended Jim for his presentation and accepted that it was exceptional hardship but not enough to lift the ban entirely.
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“After the decision, Jim had to leave his car in front of the square and run two miles in the blistering heat… and is now drinking his third pint of lager.”
This came after Davidson split from his fifth wife, Michelle Cotton, after 14 years of marriage.
The Sun revealed how Davidson became annoyed with “idiot” drivers for blocking the pavement near his £1.5million home.