Speed scam driver jailedBy Lewis Rudd
June 28, 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.
Driver Zoe Freeman, 27, was sentenced to 42 days in prison and disqualified from driving for six months for attempting to dodge a speeding fine after exceeding the limit on the A329 in Bracknell.
Her Audi A3 was captured speeding on Friday, November 12, and Saturday, November 20, last year on the same road.
Freeman responded to a letter from police informing her she was to be prosecuted by saying the vehicle was not in the area on those dates. She requested photographic evidence.
Officers sent images of the vehicle to Freeman, but later received a reply stating the captured car was not the one owned by the registered keeper.
During a hearing at Oxford Crown Court on Wednesday, June 15 it was heard photographs were sent from the company Freeman 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 and evidence revealed a new set of number plates was bought just before the new 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. During sentencing at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday, June 16, transport manager Leighton Jones, 35, from Gloucester, was sent to prison for 28 days.
Vehicle electrician Marvyn Robinson, 35, from Quedgeley, was sentenced to 200 hours’ unpaid work and ordered to pay £400 costs. All three work for the same catering company.
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.”