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£30k bill for driver who lost fight over £100 speeding fine

Battle: Richard Keedwell denied speeding and blamed faulty camera PICTURE: SWNS

A PENSIONER spent around £30,000 of his savings on a failed legal battle over a £100 speeding fine.

After losing his fight, Richard Keedwell, 71, attacked a ‘seriously flawed’ legal system which meant the case had dragged on for nearly three years.

The retired engineer was clocked doing 35mph in a 30mph zone on a day trip to Worcester in 2016.

He claimed that he ‘was certainly not doing more than 30mph’ and was ‘very surprised when a couple of days later I got the notice of intended prosecution’.

He added: ‘I really could not believe that I had been speeding. It made a simple day out turn very sour, actually.’

Mr Keedwell, of Yate near Bristol, 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 faulty or triggered by a car in an adjacent lane.

But he said it took four trips to Worcester magistrates’ court before his appeal was heard.

After losing the case, he was defeated in a further crown court appeal last month. Mr Keedwell said he expected the case would be ‘fairly quick’ but had spent ‘the best part of £30,000’ — including £21,000 in barristers’ fees and £7,000 in court costs, plus travel expenses.

He added: ‘I’m sick and tired at the whole system which is steamrolling ordinary people. I regret the amount of money. I simply wanted justice.’

The Crown Prosecution Service said the case involved a ‘multiplicity of issues’ which added to its length. It said points raised by the defence led to extra hearings and required expert evidence to be obtained.