Former Reggae Boy will be behind bars until October 2015

A former Reggae Boy will be spending a considerable period of time behind bars for his reckless behaviour on the road.

According to a report by Irie FM, former Jamaican striker Marlon King failed to convince top judges he should be freed from his jail sentence for dangerous driving. 

King left two motorists badly injured after driving in a way that was “little short of madness” on the A46 highway in Nottinghamshire in April last year.

King, was jailed for 18 months at Nottingham Crown Court in May after he pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.  He was also banned from driving for three years. 


Three senior judges at London’s appeal court rejected a sentence challenge by King, saying his jail term was not even “arguably” too long and his family’s difficulties did not justify his sentence being suspended.

Mr Justice Lindblom said King was travelling along the A46, near Newark, in his Porsche Panamera after stopping to buy an ice cream, when an off-duty police officer spotted him driving erratically.

Marlon King will be in jail until October 2015
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King crossed a roundabout at up to 60mph – 30mph over the limit – according to the off-duty officer.

He then weaved in and out of traffic and undertook several cars on the dual carriageway before slamming on his brakes in front of a VW Polo driven by Martin Beck, an experienced lorry driver, the judge said.

Mr Beck was forced to stop, causing another car to smash into his rear. He had to be cut from the wreckage and airlifted to hospital.

He suffered a dislocated and fractured arm and spent several weeks in hospital, later saying that he now feels wary of driving.

The driver of the vehicle that hit Mr Beck’s Polo was also injured.


King – a Birmingham City player at the time – initially left the scene, but returned and tried to help Mr Beck, despite repeatedly telling those around him that the victim was to blame.

The former Jamaica international initially denied any wrongdoing when quizzed by cops, but ultimately pleaded guilty to dangerous driving.

He should be out of jail in October of 2015.

Source: Irie FM

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