Australia Test great Shane Warne was Monday banned from driving for 12 months after his sixth speeding offence in a two-year period. The former leg-spinner admitted breaking a 40-miles-per-hour (64 kilometres-per-hour) limit in a hired Jaguar in London last year, a magistrates’ court heard.
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The 50-year-old, who was not in court for the hearing, was clocked at 47 mph early on August 23, 2018. Warne, second on the all-time list of Test wicket-takers with 708 scalps, had 15 penalty points on his licence at the time for five previous speeding offences.
A period of 12 months is necessary -Magistrate to Shane Warne
Warne was also ordered to pay a total of 3000$ to the court. The 50-year-old, who was not in court for the hearing, was clocked at 47mph at 6.29 am on a slip road on August 23.
Everything was recorded, hence the magistrate quoted that Shane Warne has committed the mistake and, he is not going to get a green signal to drive vehicle for the next 1 year.
“The purpose of disqualification is to punish and to protect the public and to deter,” said deputy district judge Adrian Turner. There are 15 points to take into account together with the three I must impose today. Between April 2016 and August last year, Warne committed six speeding offences.
“It may well be that none of its own was particularly serious but for points disqualification purposes the triviality of the offences is not to be taken into account. A period of 12 months is necessary for the purposes I have mentioned.”
Regarded as one of the greatest bowlers ever to play the game of cricket, Warne impressive resume boasts off several achievements in his 15-year long international career. He is the second-highest wicket-taker in the longer format with 708 scalps under his belt. Warne is only behind Muttiah Muralitharan (800 wickets) in the all-time Test bowlers’ list.