A SHEFFIELD man has been found guilty of Perverting the Course of Justice and sentenced to 28 days imprisonment following a hearing at Sheffield Crown Court earlier this month.
A vehicle, owned by 52 year old Sheffield resident, Kevin Miller, was recorded speeding at 39mph on the A61 Chesterfield Road, a 30mph zone, on 1 February 2011.
The paperwork relating to the speeding offence was sent to Miller but then completed in the name of another Sheffield resident, indicating that they admitted driving the vehicle at the time.
A conditional offer was sent to the named driver, this was unpaid and subsequently the file was progressed to court. A court hearing was held on the 27th July 2011 and the driver was disqualified in his absence.
On the 23rd September 2011 the named driver received a letter from the DVLA informing him that his driving licence had been revoked. He attended the Magistrates Court on the 21st October 2011 and made a Statutory Declaration that he knew nothing of the motoring matter for which he had been disqualified.
The matter was then referred to the Police who began investigations into the case. It transpired that the named driver had lost his driving licence in 2011 and had applied for a replacement.
Kevin Miller, the owner of the vehicle that was recorded speeding was arrested on the 15th February 2012 for Perverting the Course of Justice. He was interviewed regarding the matter and admitted to being the driver at the time of the offence.
Miller stated that he had found a driving licence in the Heeley area of Sheffield some 14-15 months ago and kept it instead of returning it to the DVLA or handing it into the Police. He stated that he intended to try to get away with the speeding offence by sending in the details of another driver, copying them directly from the driving licence that he had previously found.
Following a trial at Sheffield Crown Court on 8 May, Miller was convicted of Perverting the Course of Justice and sentenced to 28 days imprisonment.