Sheffield-born former world boxing champion Naseem Hamed was today fined more than £1,000 after pleading guilty to driving offences after he drove following a lengthy ban without re-taking his test first.
The former WBA world featherweight champion was jailed in 2006 for 15 months and disqualified from driving for four years after a crash which left another man with fractures to “every major bone in his body”.
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Hamed’s driving ban ended in March last year and he was required to retake his driving test again before getting behind the wheel. But last August he drove his wife’s car home after receiving a call to say his youngest son was sick, Woking Magistrates’ Court heard.
Hamed did not appear in court but pleaded guilty in his absence to driving a vehicle otherwise in accordance with a driving licence and driving with no insurance.
Nick Freeman, defending, told the court the offence took place on August 10 after a friend took Hamed, now a property developer, for a drive to take his mind off his son’s illness. He said the father-of-three’s youngest son had been suffering from a bout of asthma which led to him receiving hospital treatment.
Mr Freeman said that, during the drive, Hamed, 37, was called by his wife to say their son was sick again. Hamed took the wheel and drove back to his home in Virginia Water, Surrey.
Mr Freeman said: “He threw caution to the wind, parental instincts kicked in. He was stopped two minutes from his home.” He added: “He readily acknowledges he should have taken the test and shouldn’t have driven.”
Chair of the Magistrates Anne Willmer fined Hamed £1,000 for driving with no insurance and ordered six penalty points to be added to his licence. He was fined £150 for driving without re-taking his test and was ordered to pay £43 costs and an additional surcharge of £15.
Hamed wrecked his £320,000 Mercedes McLaren near one of his Sheffield homes in the May 2005 crash. His previous trial at Sheffield Crown Court heard he was driving at around 90mph on the wrong side of the carriageway as he approached a blind dip on a road on the edge of the Peak District.
Less than a mile from his former home his 208mph car smashed head-on into painter and decorator Anthony Burgin’s Volkswagen Golf. Mr Burgin suffered fractures to almost every bone in his body in the crash, his wife Claire was also seriously injured. He later said of Hamed: “His only instinct was to save himself. He left me for dead.”