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Aristocrat plays the blame game

On a par with claiming parliamentary expenses for the upkeep of a moat Lady Tamara Van Cutsem, a member of the Royal Family's inner circle, attempted to swerve a speeding ticket by claiming it was down to her staff to take the blame. 

Lady Tamara claimed she had too many staff, and too many cars, to recall who was driving when the speeding offence happened. She claimed, "I simply don't know if I was the driver at the time" she told the court.

Unfortunately magistrates in North Wales convicted Lady Tamara of failing to provide sufficient information and she was fined £660.00.

Betrothed to a wealthy banker and landowner Lady Tamara was married at Chester Cathedral in what was described as the 2004 "wedding of the year". The Queen was amongst the guests and Princes William and Harry were Ushers. Lady Tamara's brother is the Duke of Westminster and he is allegedly worth £9 billion.

During the trial the court heard that the vehicle had been registered doing 35mph in a 30mph zone. Lady T said that the Land Rover Freelander could have been driven by any of her 10 staff members.

In return the prosecution stated that Lady Tamara did not do everything she could in order to confirm who was the driver of the vehicle. She now faces an additional £706 in costs and six penalty points.

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