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Former Watford and Birmingham striker Marlon King denied appeal against 18 month jail term

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Former professional footballer Marlon King has been denied the chance to appeal his 18 month jail term for dangerous driving.

King, 34, was jailed in May after causing a pile-up in Nottinghamshire while eating ice cream. The former Watford and Birmingham City striker applied to the Court of Appeal to have his sentence suspended so he could spend time with his family in Zambia

King was jailed at Nottingham Crown Court after he caused the smash on the A46 near Newark in 2013. He was seen weaving his Porsche in and out of traffic while eating ice cream before undertaking a VW Polo and then slamming his breaks on.

The resulting three-car pile up and left another driver trapped in his car with serious injuries.

The Court of Appeal heard on Tuesday his wife and three children had recently moved to Zambia where they were struggling to settle in.

Representing King, Melissa Millin said his wife was suffering from depression while caring for elderly parents and running the family business.

Lord Justice Aikens, Mr Justice Hickinbottom and Mr Justice Lindblom considered whether to allow an appeal but said there was no justification.

Mr Justice Lindblom said: "It was an unusually bad offence of its kind with episodes of extremely aggressive driving and sudden changes of lane and speed on a busy road culminating with him stopping, blocking the path of a vehicle and causing the collisions which followed.

"It was, in truth, deliberately dangerous driving, which may have resulted in far more serious injuries or worse."

King has been a controversial figure throughout his career having previously served a sentence similar in length to this one after being found guilty of sexual assault. Other convictions include dishonesty and drink driving.

He began his football career in non league before spells at Gillingham, Nottingham Forest and Leeds. His most prolific spell came at Watford, who he helped to the Premier League.

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