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Naseem Hamed fined for driving

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Former boxing champion Naseem Hamed has been fined after he admitted getting behind the wheel without re-taking his driving test and driving without car insurance.

The former WBA world featherweight champion was fined £1,150 and ordered to pay court costs.

Hamed completed a four-year driving ban in March 2010 but is required to re-take his test before driving again. The ban was in addition to a 15-month jail term he had received for his part in a crash which left another man badly hurt.

Woking Magistrates' Court heard that last August, Hamed, who did not appear in court, drove his wife's car after getting a call to say that his son was sick.

He pleaded guilty in his absence to driving with no insurance and driving a vehicle otherwise in accordance with a driving licence.

Chair of magistrates Ann Willmer ordered that six penalty points be added to Hamed's licence. She fined him £1,000 for driving with no insurance, £150 for driving without a re-test and instructed him to pay costs of £43 and a £15 surcharge.

© Press Association 2011