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Court refuses trial by combat
By David Saposed 12201 AM GMT 16 Dec 2002
A court has rejected a man' s attempt to
invoke the ancient right to trial by combat, rather than
pay a fine for a minor motoring offence.
Leon Humphreys remained adamant yesterday that his
right to fight a champion nominated by the Driver and
Vehicle Licensing Agency (DELA) was still valid under
European human rights legislation, He said it would
have been a "reasonable" way to settle the matter.
Magistrates sitting at Bury St Edmunds on Friday had