Norwich City star Grant Holt to be sentenced next month
Dan Grimmer Norwich City striker Grant Holt is due to be sentenced next month following his conviction for a driving offence.
Norwich City striker Grant Holt is due to be sentenced next month following his conviction for a driving offence.
The 29-year-old Canaries star, who netted twice in the 4-1 win over Gillingham on Tuesday, was convicted last week of failing to give information about the identity of the driver of a car allegedly caught speeding near Whitchurch in Shropshire last year.
Today, Shrewsbury magistrates set a date for a special reasons hearing to be heard before Oswestry magistrates on September 13. Holt may be sentenced at the end of the hearing.
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It is understood Holt's legal team will attempt to argue that he has grounds for a more lenient sentence, but they will not be seeking to overturn his conviction for an offence which happened in May last year, before his transfer from Shrewsbury Town to Norwich.
On Friday Holt, who was the top scorer in last season's League One winning Canaries team, failed to attend his trial before Market Drayton magistrates.
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His legal team said he missed that hearing because the timetable clash meant he risked missing out on the kick-off for the televised opening game of the season against Watford, a game which ended in a 3-2 defeat for the Canaries.
During the trial it emerged Holt, whose address was given as Warwick Road in Carlisle, had attempted to make contact with the authorities over the matter but had gone through the wrong channels.
The court heard he had contacted the court and the DVLA instead of the central ticket office, which prosecuted him.
Holt was not required to attend today's hearing.