Fuller fined for driving offence
FORMER Ipswich Town striker Ricardo Fuller has been fined �115 for having the wrong driving licenceFuller, who now plays for Premier League club Stoke City, incorrectly believed he could drive in Britain using a Jamaican licence.
FORMER Ipswich Town striker Ricardo Fuller has been fined �115 for having the wrong driving licence
Fuller, who now plays for Premier League club Stoke City, incorrectly believed he could drive in Britain using a Jamaican licence.
In addition to his fine Stoke magistrates ordered him to pay �60 in costs and a �15 victim surcharge after he admitted to driving other than in accordance with a licence.
The 29-year-old played for Ipswich on loan in the 2005/06 season and has lived in the UK for almost a decade. He was not present at yesterday's hearing.
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Three other motoring-related charges against him were dropped.
Prosecutor Andrea Clutton told the court that Fuller, of Crewe, Cheshire, was arrested by police after driving into Stoke City's training ground on February 25 in his BMW 650i.
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The star's lawyer, Mike Stephenson, entered a guilty plea on his behalf and told magistrates his client had failed to realise he could only use a Jamaican licence during his first 12 months in Britain.
But Mr Stephenson, who stressed that his client had been properly insured during his time in the UK, said the 12-month rule did not apply to licence holders from all countries.
Assuring magistrates that Fuller is now driving legally using learner plates, Mr Stephenson added: "Once told of the situation, he immediately obtained a provisional licence.
"He has passed his theory test already and is due to take the practical test at the end of this month. Until then, he has someone with him and an L-plate on his car.”
Fuller also had his provisional licence endorsed with three penalty points.