‘Naive’ Man United defender Brandon Williams is slapped with a £1,000 fine for ignoring police after the £40,000 Mercedes he’d bought for his dad was caught speeding in Wales… while he was in England preparing for a game!
- 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
- Another form was sent to Williams, who failed to complete it, resulting in a fine
Manchester United defender Brandon Williams has been fined £1,000 for failing to give information to police about a speeding offence.
The 20-year-old was represented at Mould Magistrates Court on Thursday by celebrity lawyer Nick Freeman after a car 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 car to an address in Manchester over the offence, which his father Paul completed after admitting to being the driver.
Manchester United defender Brandon Williams has been fined £1,000 for failing to give police information on a speeding offence
The prosecuting lawyer then said a response had been sent directly to Williams for him to complete, which he failed to do so.
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, who has been dubbed ‘Mr Loophole’ in the past, argued successfully that no points should be imposed on the player’s license.
A car registered to Williams’ address in Manchester was caught speeding by police in Wales
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 on the A55 in north Wales, was dealing with his post.
The £40,000 Mercedes, which Williams bought as a 50th birthday present for his father, has never been driven by the left back, who was staying at the Lowry Hotel 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.
Williams’ (right) father Paul (left) admitted to being the driver and responded to police over the offence, while a response sent directly to United player was never filled out
The £40,000 Mercedes, which Williams bought as a 50th birthday present for his father (pictured in May 2020), has never been driven by the left back
‘The defendant is the innocent victim here. He’s nothing to gain,’ Mr Freeman insisted.
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.