Pienaar bailed after on-loan Everton midfielder is slapped with speeding charges
18:09 GMT, 24 April 2012
On-loan Everton midfielder Steven Pienaar has been bailed to appear at court next month to answer speeding allegations.
A warrant for the 30-year-old's arrest had been issued after he failed to appear at Chelmsford Magistrates Court to face the charges.
Dramatic: Steven Pienaar (left) scored a remarkable equaliser for
Everton at Manchester United on Sunday
However, the South Africa
international's lawyer insists his client, who made a last-minute loan
move to former club Everton from Tottenham on transfer deadline day in
January, was not aware there were proceedings against him.
'Steven has moved swiftly to resolve this misunderstanding,' said Gwynn Lewis in a statement.
'He responded immediately to the
warrant and made a pre-arranged visit to a police station in Cheshire
today and was subsequently given unconditional bail to appear at
Chelmsford Magistrates Court next month.
Driving ban: Pienaar's Aston Martin DBS was clocked speeding on the same road twice in the space of 11-days. He now faces a possible disqualification after failing to tell the authorities who was driving (file photo)
High-scoring game: Pienaar (right) celebrates with Nikica Jelavic (centre) at Old Trafford
'Mr Pienaar was totally unaware of the
court date due to moving to Merseyside in February – the correspondence
from the court had been sent to his old address in Essex.'
Pienaar was charged with failing to
disclose who was driving his Aston Martin DBS after it was caught
speeding twice on Lambourne Road, Chigwell, Essex, on two separate days
in October last year.
The allegations were proven in his absence and a judge ordered Pienaar be bailed to a later date for sentencing.
On target: Pienaar scores Everton's fourth goal past Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea