Watch: Man Spends $37,000 Fighting A $120 Ticket From 2016 – No Joke!
Talk about standing your ground! A man says that he was just out for justice in what he claims was an unfair and incorrect ticket. A UK man was given a ticket for speeding and was asked to pay $120 as a result. He of course refused and has spent nearly $40,000 fighting the ticket.
According to USA Today, Richard Keedwell, 71, told the BBC he was fined after he was found driving 35 mph in a 30 mph zone in 2016.
“I really could not believe that I had been speeding,” he said to the BBC Monday. It made a simple day out turn very sour, actually.”
Keedwell, who lives in Yate, a town about 100 miles west of London, has appeared in lower court four times and unsuccessfully appealed to the Crown Court, arguing that there was a “flawed reading” by the speeding cam, reported Yahoo! News.
A spokesman with the Crown Prosecution Service said in a statement to USA TODAY that Keedwell’s case was “complicated” with “a number of different issues which needed careful consideration.”
Keedwell spent over $37,000 on lawyers, court fees and travel costs, including money from his three sons’ inheritance fund, fighting the charge, to no avail.
“I’m sick and tired at the whole system which is steamrolling ordinary people,” he said. “I regret the amount of money. I very simply wanted justice.”
A spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service, which prosecutes criminal cases in England and Wales, told the news outlet there were a “multiplicity of issues” involved in the case — including “a lengthy trial at the magistrates’ court and subsequent hearings at the crown court to progress an appeal against conviction” which is why the case took so long to conclude.
Keedwell said his oldest son thinks he’s crazy for spending so much to prove he was wrongfully accused. I personally would have just paid the ticket but then again, things can get kind of crazy when you call someone a liar. Which essentially that’s what the courts did.
Maybe that’s why this has gone so far? What do you think? Would you have sent that kind of dough fighting $120 ticket? Let us know in the comments below.
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