No laughing matter as speeding costs comedian £1,000
COMIC Omid Djalili has been ordered to pay costs totalling more than £1,000 after admitting speeding on the M4.
Neath Magistrates heard the funnyman, who has appeared in such hit films as Gladiator and Pirates of the Caribbean, was clocked doing 61mph in a 50mph zone in a Lexus Hybrid car on the motorway in Port Talbot in January.
Prosecutor Andrew Perry told the court that Djalili's licence had been revoked in July 2008 and he had come before the courts a further three times for driving offences, but the penalty points had not been added to his licence — a matter which the DVLA is now investigating.
It was only last month, when he was banned for driving for six months after being convicted of driving a moped without a valid insurance, that the situation came to light.
Business Cards From Only £10.95 Delivered www.myprint-247.co.ukView details
Our heavyweight cards have FREE UV silk coating, FREE next day delivery & VAT included. Choose from 1000's of pre-designed templates or upload your own artwork. Orders dispatched within 24hrs.
Terms: Visit our site for more products: Business Cards, Compliment Slips, Letterheads, Leaflets, Postcards, Posters & much more. All items are free next day delivery. www.myprint-247.co.uk
Contact: 01858 468192
Valid until: Friday, May 31 2013
After the offence, Mr Perry added the comedian had written a letter to the CPS stating: "Asking humbly for leniency — comedian driving to entertain troops. Swansea. Omid."
But following inquiries it was revealed there were no troops in Swansea on the night of the incident and Djalili was travelling away from the city.
He had originally entered a plea of not guilty but at the start of proceedings it was revealed he had changed his plea to one of guilty.
Djalili, who was not present in court, was ordered to pay a £180 fine, £620 towards prosecution costs and a further £500 for the production of an expert's report into the incident.
He was also given three points on his licence.
As well as comedic and acting work, he is also well-known for being the former face of adverts for financial website Moneysupermarket.com