Published On: Mon, Jan 23rd, 2017

Boxer Dereck Chisora avoids driving ban after appealing against sentence for having no insurance, finds it difficult to read because he was educated in Zimbabwe until his teens

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Former heavyweight boxing champion Dereck Chisora escaped a driving ban after successfully appealing a sentence for having no insurance.

Croydon Crown Court heard the former Commonwealth champion was left nearly £50,000 out of pocket by the case.

Chisora, 33, was stopped by police in his £120,000 black Bentley Continental Sport Supa in Hyde Park, central London, in November 2015, for driving without insurance or an MOT certificate, and was said to not have a valid driving licence.

He was given six points on his licence by Bromley Magistrates, meaning a six-month driving ban, but it was temporarily suspended while he appealed the conviction.

He appealed the sentence of six points, arguing special reasons and that he honestly believed he was insured at the time after entrusting a friend and employee to arrange the cover.

John Dye, representing Chisora, argued his client would not risk driving without insurance, especially such a valuable car in which he drove his young daughter.

The court heard when police checked with the insurance company, only one name appeared on the policy, which was Chisora’s brother in law, who also drove the fighter from time to time.

Asked why he believed he was insured, he said: “I remember paying for two drivers. Him and myself.”

The court heard the insurance was arranged an paid for by Chisora’s friend Johnson Boeteng, known as “Jay”.

The boxer said: “As an athlete he helps me with the admin and anything, and he was there to help with me buy the car.

“I get Jay to deal with my admin. And he dealt with the insurance. I pay him as an employee but I don’t see it like that.”

Asked why he believed he had insurance, he said: “Because the money went out of my bank account.

“When I paid for it I paid for two drivers, the money went out and I figured I was insured. I thought I was fine.”

The court was told on the day he was pulled over Chisora managed to get insurance on the car on the roadside with the police but his vehicle was still impounded by officers.

The car was leased, and under the terms of the agreement Chisora had to pay the full value of the vehicle to the finance company.

He said: “I was very upset because I didn’t have my car for six months and I had to pay the full amount for my car. I had to pay £120,000.”

He told the court short after he got it back he had to sell the car, getting £72,000 for it.-Mirror

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