Trio who took 'extraordinary lengths' to evade speeding fines are sentenced
June 18, 2011
Three work colleagues from Gloucester who went to illegal lengths to evade speeding fines collected in Bracknell have been sentenced to imprisonment, a driving ban and community service.
On Friday, November 12, and Saturday, November 20, of last year an Audi A3 was captured exceeding the speed limit along the A329.
The driver of the vehicle, Zoe Freeman, was sent a notice of intended prosecution for these offences by police, however, she replied with a written letter stating her records did not show the vehicle being in that particular area at the suggested times and requested photographic evidence.
Officers then sent images of the vehicle to Ms Freeman but later received a second reply stating the captured car was not the one owned by the registered keeper.
During a hearing at Oxford Crown Court, it was heard photographs were sent to police from the company the driver worked for showing the Audi with different number plates.
A print out from a tracker device fitted to the vehicle also showed the car was stationary on the two days concerned.
Following further police enquiries, however, it was later discovered the tracker device for this particular car had been fitted to a car owned by a company director just days before the first speeding offence was committed.
The print out from the tracker device was also found to have been altered, while evidence also revealed a new set of number plates was purchased just before the pictures of the Audi were sent to the police, the court heard.
The trio pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice by changing the tracker device in a company car, altering documentation and using false number plates.
For her misdemeanours, Ms Freeman, who is 27 and from Over in Gloucester, was sentenced to 42 days in prison and disqualified from driving for six months.
During sentencing at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday, June 16, transport manager Leighton Jones, 35, from Gloucester, was also sent to prison, for 28 days.
Vehicle electrician, 35-year-old Marvyn Robinson, from Quedgeley, was sentenced to 200 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £400 costs.
Speaking after the sentencing PC Carl Lewis, from the fixed penalty support unit at Thames Valley Police, said: “These people went to extraordinary lengths to evade their responsibilities.
“The law requires that drivers are nominated when a Road Traffic Act offence is committed and most people do comply with this.
“Those people who we suspect to be flouting this law will be investigated and prosecuted.”