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Man jailed for perverting the course of justice over speeding offence

Carlisle Crown Court

Two men have been sentenced for perverting the course of justice after they connived to try and prevent the police from prosecuting a driver for speeding.

On 6 December 2016, a Saab car registered to David Holmes, 58, whose address was given as a farm near St Mungo, Lockerbie, was detected travelling on Longtown Road in Brampton in excess of the 30mph speed limit.

A notice was sent to Holmes requesting information regarding who was driving at the time of the offence and a nomination was received for Owen Birks, 26, of Snitton Lane, Snitton, Ludlow.

An investigation commenced into the claims made by both which resulted in both men being charged in March 2019 of perverting the course of justice.

Yesterday (12 March, 2019), both men appeared at Carlisle Crown Court where they admitted the offence. Holmes was sentenced to 22 weeks in prison and was disqualified from driving for 37 weeks whilst Birks was sentenced to a suspended prison sentence of 11 weeks in prison suspended for 12 months.

Sergeant Graeme Hodgson of Cumbria Constabulary’s Mobile Support Group said: “The original speeding offence could easily have been dealt with by way of a conditional fixed penalty.

“Instead, the two men entered into a series of criminal acts with the aim of preventing the person driving the car from being dealt with as the offending motorist.

“It is our hope that this sentence sends out a clear message that those people who seek to break the law to avoid the consequences of their actions will be pursued and that the courts take such attempts to circumvent the law extremely seriously.”

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