‘You Ain’t Above the Law’: Archbishop Who Anointed King Charles at Coronation Fined for Speed Driving
- The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Reverend Justin Welby, has entered the unwanted list of the law
- The influential cleric was convicted on Friday, May 12, for speed driving and ordered to pay a fine of £510
- His conviction is coming seven months after he first committed the offence of driving 25mph in a 20mph zone
United Kingdom, London - The Archbishop of Canterbury, Most Reverend Justin Welby, has been convicted of speed driving.
As reported by BBC News Online, he was caught on camera speeding at 25mph in a 20mph zone in his Volkswagen Golf last year on October 2 at the A3036 Albert Embankment.
The 67-year-old cleric was tried at a private Lavender Hill Magistrates’ Court hearing on Wednesday, May 10.
It was gathered that his conviction was handed to him on the same day he critiqued the UK government for its proposed plan to combat the issue of migrants crossing the Channel on small boats as “morally unacceptable and politically impractical”.
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It was gathered that his case was treated through the single justice procedure - a method that allows the alleged to be prosecuted in court without the liberty of a defence counsel.
As reported by the Independent, Justin Welby was ordered by the court to pay a £300 fine, a £120 victim surcharge and £90 in legal costs, and add the penalty points to his driving licence.
Reacting to this development, the spokesperson for Lambeth Palace disclosed that Archbishop Welby was unaware the case might be treated in court.
"He has tried to resolve this and pay the fine three times. He has all the paperwork to prove that he has tried to pay.
"Admin errors seem to be causing problems."
Archbishop Welby was the presiding cleric at the coronation of King Charles III. He anointed the UK monarch and also crowned him King of the United Kingdom and other realms under its control.
King Charles III Enters Guinness Book of World Records for Longest Wait to Ascend the Throne
Meanwhile, King Charles III took a painstaking 70 years and 214 days to ascend the throne in England, a position he recently got at the age of 74.
Having waited in the line of succession for all those years, he makes history for holding the record of the longest wait for power.
His tenure as the next in line for the throne began on February 6, 1952, when he was only three years old after his mother ascended the monarchy.