Former Premier League footballer jailed

Former Premier League footballer; Leon McKenzie has been jailed for six months for sending bogus letters to the police whilst trying to avoid a driving ban.

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The 33-year-old, who lives in Northampton, was sentenced to six months in prison after admitting sending the letters to Northamptonshire police in an attempt to avoid speeding convictions.

Sentencing the former Premiership 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.

“It would completely send out the wrong message if I did not hand out a custodial sentence.”

McKenzie, who retired from professional football in December, was also handed a 18-month driving ban. McKenzie admitted six charges of perverting the course of justice at an hearing earlier this year after sending letters to Northamptonshire Police to avoid six speeding fines between February 2008 and December 2009. The letters, purporting to be from a fictional garage in London, claimed McKenzie’s car was off the road. He played for Norwich City in the Premier League in the 2004-05 season


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