A Maidstone law student and former Thanet council candidate has been convicted of speeding.
Payam Tamiz, who previously unsuccessfully sued Google in the High Court for libel over comments on the London Muslim blog, was ordered to pay more than £700 for driving at 64mph in a 50mph zone.
The 26-year-old, of Keele Avenue, appeared at Sevenoaks Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.
The court heard that on February 27 last year a Nissan Juke was detected exceeding the limit by a mobile speed camera on the A229 Chatham Road, in Boxley.
Kent Police sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) to Mr Tamiz’s mother, the registered keeper of the car, at her home in Lenham, but no reply was received.
After a reminder letter to the same address and a final warning of court proceedings, she eventually nominated her son.
But when Kent Police then sent a request for driver details to Mr Tamiz he failed to reply to the request or the subsequent reminder, the court was told.
After a warning of legal proceedings, he then returned the form admitting to being the driver.
Mr Tamiz’s response was received too late to be offered a fixed penalty or a speed awareness course, so the case was referred to court.
At an earlier hearing he pleaded not guilty and said that his mother had not received the first NIP within 14 days, and that the first or second request for driver details had also failed to arrive.
Mr Tamiz also claimed that he had not been exceeding the speed limit in the first place, and that the mobile speed camera must have malfunctioned.
Prosecuting, Andrew Perry, of Road Safety Support, told Mr Tamiz he must be a very unlucky person – first for his speed to be wrongly calculated and then for several items of his mail to go missing.
The recording of the speeding offence was played to the court and clearly showed Tamiz’s car was accurately targeted by the mobile camera and the reading could only have come from his vehicle.
Tamiz was fined £100, given three penalty points, and ordered to pay costs of £600 and a victim surcharge of £20.
Mr Tamiz, wh ostood for Salmestone ward in Margate, was the youngest candidate in the 2011 district elections. He resigned from the Conservative party over comments he allegedly made on Facebook.