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Magistrate Imprisoned For Perverting The Course Of Justice

Magistrate Imprisoned for Perverting the Course of Justice

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A former lay magistrate has been sent to prison for 9 months for perverting the course of public justice.

The 57 year old woman was caught speeding in her company car in April 2018 and November 2018. However, she denied being the driver on either occasion and suggested her numberplates had been cloned.

However, numberplate recognition cameras (ANPR), mobile phone movements and business mileage claims showed that that the defendant was the driver on both occasions.

Rupert Jones prosecuted the trial at Worcester Crown Court. The prosecution said the defendant changed her numberplates and sent photographs of the new plates to the police, in attempt to bolster her false claims.

The jury returned guilty verdicts after just 58 minutes.

The Judge said cases of this nature go to the heart of the justice system and a deterrent sentence had to be imposed.



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