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Reading Magistrates' Court: Theale man elects trial over speeding charge

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A MOTORIST was briefly convicted of speeding in his absence after a court mixup.

However, the conviction was later overturned and the case rescheduled for trial.

Richard Sears – formerly known as Nick Laloo and who also uses the name Joseph Bhatti – had previously denied exceeding the 40mph speed limit on Bath Road, Calcot, by driving at 49mph on December 21, 2020.

He was due at Reading Magistrates' Court for a trial on Friday, January 7.

Court (54245232)
Court (54245232)

But the 52-year-old who lives in The Crescent, Theale, found the case had been found proved in his absence.

Mr Sears had been fined £220 and ordered to pay £300 costs, plus a statutory victim services surcharge of £34.

However, the verdict and sentence was later overturned.

A trial has now been rescheduled and Mr Sears was meanwhile granted unconditional bail.

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