Speeding motorist says going to court is against his religion


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A west Wales motorist is boycotting a Magistrates hearing over a speeding offence, claiming that it is against his religion.

Charles Lawson was caught driving at 37mph in a 30mph zone and was initially fined £60 by authorities.

However, he claimed he wanted to fight the ticket, branding the charge a lie, but now will not attend a hearing at Mold Magistrates' Court today, stating that it is the Sabbath of his Religion, the non-denominational Ecclesia Bible Church.

Based in Texas, the sect is billed as a 'church without religion' and has various holy days throughout the year. In December – rather conveniently for Mr Lawson – they fall mainly on Tuesdays.

Despite not wishing to appear in court to argue his case, Mr Lawson is protesting his innocence, claiming he was 70 miles away from the area in Bontddu, Wales, at the time of the alleged offence.

"I was sent photographs supposedly speeding in Bontddu, in the direction of Barmouth," he told the Daily Mail.

"According to them I was travelling at 37mph in a 30mph zone but I can't agree to that because my campervan's speedometer is in kilometres but I've been told that's no excuse in the eyes of the law.

"I was on the road at that time, yes, but it says I was going in direction of Barmouth.

"At the first court hearing I said I couldn't admit to have been speeding in the direction of Barmouth as it was a lie."

A Mold Magistrates spokesperson said that Mr Lawson would have to write to them to request a change of date, but nothing had yet been received.