While awaiting final judgment, the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby, the spiritual leader of the Anglicans who was crowned King Charles III, has found himself condemned by a very real court for speeding, AFP learned from his entourage on Friday.
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On Wednesday, the archbishop was penalized forfeiting three points from his driver’s licence, the same day he delivered a barbs of the Tory government’s immigration policy to the House of Lords.
The case dates back to October 2, when Justin Welby was photographed driving his car, a Volkswagen Golf, on his way to his residence at Lambeth Palace in London, according to the Evening Standard daily.
He was driving 25 mph (40 km/h), 5 miles over the speed limit.
In the UK, if the fine is not paid on time, the offender’s file is sent to the courts, where he particularly risks having points deducted from his licence.
A spokesman for the diocese explained to AFP that Justin Welby had unsuccessfully tried to pay the £300 (€345) fine three times.
“We have all the papers proving that he tried to pay. It appears that there is an administrative error at the root of the problem,” this spokesperson pointed out. “He was not informed of the start of the trial,” he added.