David Beckham successfully gets speeding charge thrown out of court

David Beckham

David Beckham

"It also appears to show speeding is not seen as risky by courts".

But he insisted the paperwork had to be correct for the case to go ahead, saying: "It may cause some disquiet but that is a matter for Parliament".

Speed awareness charities were enraged by the successful defence.

David Beckham posted a picture on Instagram of himself stuck in London traffic after his lawyer arrived alone to defend him at a speeding trial.

Mr Freeman said Beckham was "very relieved with the verdict".

The former England football captain had been caught driving a Bentley at 59mph (95kmh) in a 40mph (64kmh) zone, and although the speed was not contested, the fact the notice arrived late meant he could not be convicted.

But she said she was satisfied on the evidence heard that it did not in fact arrive until 7 February - one day outside the statutory 14-day window.

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Despite accepting that he was driving the vehicle at that speed, he won't face action because he hadn't received a "notice of intended prosecution" until one day after the 14-day time limit.

Mr Freeman, who has written a book called 'The Art Of The Loophole, ' continued: "David Beckham is the defendant but in reality today what is on trial is Bentley Motors Limited postal system".

"I find that on the balance of probabilities it's more likely than not this NIP was actually not served on the registered keeper of the vehicle within the 14 days as required".

District Judge Barbara Barnes told a tribunal that ex-Manchester United and Real Madrid midfielder Beckham could face a conviction as there is a case to answer.

His clients have in the past included cricketer Andrew Flintoff, explorer Sir Ranulph Fiennes and golfer Colin Montgomerie.

Nick Freeman previously helped David overturn an eight-month driving ban in 1999 after successfully arguing that the 43-year-old footballer was trying to escape a paparazzi photographer.

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