If proof were needed that the Mother’s Day spirit hasn’t quite pervaded all parts of the country, a Huddersfield man has been jailed after he blamed his mum for a speeding offence.
Fartown local Sarmad Khawaja admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice at Leeds Crown Court, after he intercepted a Notice of Intended Prosecution (NIP) addressed to his uncle.
He had been caught driving at 82mph on an area of the M1 near Rotherham that was restricted to 50mph due to road works.
Although legally insured on the Motability vehicle, Khawaja returned the documents, stating that his mother was behind the wheel at the time of the offence.
The 29 year-old then intercepted further documents when legal proceedings began, but when a trial date was announced he finally admitted his deceit.
However, while he owned up to falsely completing the NIP, Khawaja refused to name the person who had been driving the car at the time it was captured speeding.
In court, Khawaja’s defence said that he had been approached by another member of the family to accept the penalty points and that he had “stupidly” used his mother’s name, as he did not want the endorsements himself, reported The Huddersfield Daily Examiner.
Handing down a three-month jail term, Judge Guy Kearl QC said that an immediate custodial sentence was justified as “offences such as this undermine the fabric of the administration of justice”.
March 27, 2014