Man spends £30,000 fighting £100 speeding fine

Richard KeedwellImage source, Richard Keedwell
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Richard Keedwell said he "regretted the amount of money" he had spent

A man spent £30,000 of his savings on a failed legal battle "for justice" over a £100 speeding fine.

Richard Keedwell, 71, said a "seriously flawed" legal system meant fighting the fine had taken nearly three years and used up his sons' inheritance money.

He claims he was wrongly clocked doing 35mph in a 30mph zone on a day trip to Worcester in 2016.

The Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said the case involved a "multiplicity of issues" which added to its length.

Retired engineer Mr Keedwell, of Yate near Bristol, claimed he "was certainly not doing more than 30mph" in New Road in November 2016.

He said: "I was very surprised when a couple of days later I got the NIP [Notice of Intended Prosecution].

"I really could not believe that I had been speeding. It made a simple day out turn very sour actually."

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Mr Keedwell had told police he had "no case to answer"

Mr Keedwell claimed he had "no case to answer" and recruited the help of a video and electronics expert who told the court the speed camera may have been triggered by a car in an adjacent lane or have been faulty.

However, he said it took four trips to Worcester Magistrates' Court before his appeal was heard. After losing the case, he lost a further crown court appeal in August.

Mr Keedwell said he expected the case would be "fairly quick" but had spent "the best part of £30,000", including about £21,000 in barristers' fees and £7,000 in court costs, as well as travel expenses.

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Mr Keedwell said he felt guilty his family would miss out and said the case had proved "very stressful".

"I'm sick and tired at the whole system which is steamrolling ordinary people," he said.

"I regret the amount of money. I very simply wanted justice."

More than half of drivers speed on 30mph roads. Percentage of motorists  exceeding speed limits in 2018. Percentage of motorists estimated to exceed speed limits in 2018 Figures are for cars observed driving in free-flowing conditions.

A CPS spokesman said some issues raised by the defence led to the need for additional hearings and for expert evidence to be obtained.

"As the case involved both a lengthy trial at the magistrates' court and subsequent hearings at the crown court to progress an appeal against conviction, the overall length of the case took some time to conclude," they said.

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