Premier League star Demba Ba slammed by magistrates after failing to appear at three speeding case hearings
By Rob Preece
PUBLISHED: 11:59 EST, 4 September 2012 | UPDATED: 12:05 EST, 4 September 2012
No show: Newcastle United striker Demba Ba was given a six-month driving ban by magistrates, who criticised him for not turning up at court
A Premier League footballer, who failed to attend court three times after his car was caught speeding, has been banned from driving.
Newcastle United striker Demba Ba was given a six-month ban in his absence by magistrates, who criticised him for not turning up.
The 27-year-old had given no reason for his failure to appear at South East Northumberland Magistrates' Court for the case.
Magistrates heard that the Senegal international's car had been caught speeding on two occasions.
Northumbria Police wrote to Ba in November last year and asked him to tell them who had been driving the car.
Ba, who lives on the affluent Darras Hall estate in Ponteland, Newcastle, had until December 13 to respond, but he failed to provide the details.
The footballer, who used to play for West Ham United, was later charged with failing to supply driver information.
Ba was written to and told to appear at South East Northumberland magistrates on May 17 to answer the charge, but failed to show.
At that hearing, he was given six penalty points on his licence, fined £1,000, and told to pay £85 costs plus a £15 victim surcharge.
But the case was later reopened after it emerged that Ba already had six points on his licence and a further six would take him to 12 - the point at which a driver can be banned.
He was asked to return to the court in Bedlington, Northumberland, on August 1 but again failed to appear.
The court then wrote to Ba again, warning him that magistrates were considering banning him from driving.
Banned: Ba (right), pictured in action for Newcastle United, failed to attend court three times after being charged with a driving-related offence
Ba was again absent, however, when the case ended last Thursday.
Peter Edwards, chairman of the bench, said: 'We are satisfied that Mr Ba has failed to attend court yet again.'
Magistrates were told that the court 'knew nothing' of the player’s means.
They reimposed the original penalty of six points, the £1,000 fine, the £85 contribution to costs and £15 victim surcharge.
Ba was given 14 days to pay the fine and costs and banned from driving for six months.
Police would not release details of his car, the locations where it was caught speeding, nor the speed at which it was driven.
Newcastle United declined to comment on the case.
Headlines Newsview all
Amanda Holden at the centre of Twitter backlash as she sends daughter to school dressed as Pretty Woman prostitute for fancy dress day
A parenting group has slammed TV star Amanda Holden for posting a picture of her nine-year-old daughter 'dressed as a prostitute' online.The Britain's Got Talent ... Full story
Grandmother filmed confronting militants and branding them 'devils' before quoting verses in the Koran that forbid slaughter
An incredible video has emerged showing the moment an elderly woman bravely confronted two Islamic State militants, telling them their terror group is cursed and ... Full story
Jobseeker shocked to be sent rudest rejection email ever calling him an 'old, aesthetically challenged professional pr*** with no teeth'
A jobseeker was shocked after he was branded as 'irritating', 'rude' and 'obnoxious' in a cutting email accidentally sent to him by a prospective employer.James ... Full story
Rate this article
MOST POPULAR ON CAPITALBAY
- Royal baby hoax hospital staff wanted to discipline nurse Jacintha Saldanha
- Trainee teacher hangs himself after split from the girlfriend he couldn’t live without
- Lacey Wildd has had 30 enhancement surgeries and is planning more
More than 66,000 people have signed up to march through London to demand “positive change” in Britain’s stance towards refugees. Protesters will mass two days before ...
Google is celebrating the life of author Joan Aiken with a Doodle paying tribute to one of her most famous books. Joan Aiken wrote more than ...
Driver in Canberra embarrassingly filmed crashing car into police stationThe man was trying to do a 'burn out' moments before slamming into wallCrash took place ...
Albino children whose arms and legs were hacked off with machetes by Tanzania's witch doctors for use in good luck potions return from the U.S with prosthetic limbs
Five Tanzanian children were flown to the United States for special treatment All suffer from albinism and had been brutally mutilated in their homeland Witch doctors kidnap young albinos and cut ...
Zahera Tariq, 33, has been arrested on suspicion of child abduction She was detained in Turkey along with her three sons and daughter It is thought she ...
Tima Kurdi reveals another sister is missing after trying to enter Europe Aunt of drowned boys Aylan and Galip says they don't know if she's aliveShe ...
Hundreds of thousands of people have offered help, in whatever form they can manage, as the clamour to aid refugees grows. Facebook groups and online campaigns ...
Emily Wicking last seen at 4pm yesterday in Eston, Redcar and Cleveland14-year-old was wearing a grey hoodie, blue jeans and a body warmerPolice are appealing ...
WARNING: GRAPHIC CONTENTBodies of two Kurdish brothers washed up on a beach in Bodrum, TurkeyTheir parents were fleeing the violence in Syria with their two ...
Jarryd Hayne tries a risky rugby league manoeuvre in his final chance to win a place on the San Francisco 49ers starting lineup that has commentators asking if it was the right move
Jarryd Hayne is playing his fourth and final pre-season NFL matchIt's his last chance to impress San Francisco 49ers' selectorsThe Australian has made an impact ...