Comedian Carr's speeding trial halted

THE speeding trial of comedian Jimmy Carr has been adjourned mid trial for more evidence to be gathered.

THE speeding trial of comedian Jimmy Carr has been adjourned mid trial for more evidence to be gathered.

Today's hearing in Sudbury heard the entire prosecution case but was postponed following claims made by Carr's lawyer Nick Freeman that the speed limit on the A1071 at Boxford was void as the order contained the wrong road name.

Carr is accused of driving his Bentley GT ten miles over the speed limit at the spot last year but had pleaded not guilty through a previous hearing.

The 37-year-old, who is not in court for his trial, was driving at 50mph on a road with a 40mph speed limit in Boxford on April 30 last year, prosecutor David Hutson told Sudbury Magistrates' Court this morning.

The prosecution today called James Brinsley, a retired police officer, who carried out the speed check at Boxford on April 30 last year.

He said he was employed on the day to do a static speed check on the A1071 using laser camera equipment in a Suffolk Safety Camera vehicle.

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He went through the checks which get carried out on the equipment before it goes out each day and how he aimed the laser at traffic when he feels it is going above the speed limit. He said he did not have recollections of particularly catching Carr's vehicle on that day.

Lynda Baskett, the team leader in Suffolk's central ticket office, was also called to run through how tickets are issued through a computerised system.

Nick Freeman, representing Carr, confirmed to the court he would be giving evidence on behalf of his client, who had not been required to attend.

He said he will argue the legality of the 40mph speed limit.

He said the traffic order enforcing it started 340m west of Boxford Lane, but there was no Boxford Lane signposted in that position.

“What I say, sir, is that speed limit is void and doesn't actually exist. The wrong road has been referred to as the site of the speed limit.”

But when the hearing resumed this afternoon following a lunch break district judge Stuart Miller said he had no choice but to halt proceedings for more information to be sought about the wording of the traffic order.

“I have to adjourn this case part heard at this stage,” he said.

He also questioned Carr's lawyer on why he had not bought up his argument earlier in the trial. He was told it had been alluded to.