Footballer Jailed In Speeding Fine Scam

21 February 2012, 15:00

Former Northampton Town striker Leon McKenzie admitted sending bogus letters to police to try to avoid a driving ban.

The 33 year old, from Northampton, has been sentenced to six months in prison after the letters were sent to Northamptonshire Police in an attempt to avoid six speeding fines between February 2008 and December 2009. 

The letters, from a fictional garage in London claimed McKenzie's car was off the road. 

McKenzie has also been given an 18 month driving ban after admitting six charges of perverting the course of justice at a hearing earlier this year. 

The court was told the father of four, who used to play for the Cobblers and Norwich City had been suffering with depression at the time. 

Sentencing the former Premier League footballer at Northampton Crown Court today Judge Richard Bray said: 'A custodial sentence is necessary for this type of offence which strikes right at the heart of justice.'