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Pleaded guilty to the charge of perverting

Today, 17/2/10 at Plymouth Crown Court, Nigel Roger Williams, 44 from Torquay, pleaded guilty to the charge of perverting the course of justice in relation to a speeding offence.

At 12.08 hrs on 29/11/07, Williams’ car, a blue MGZR, was recorded travelling on the A3022 Totnes Road, Paignton, at a speed of 47mph in an area restricted to 30mph.  The offence was captured by a mobile speed detection vehicle using laser technology.

As a result of receiving a Notice of Intended Prosecution / section 172 notice request for driver details, Williams stated that he was not on the Totnes Road at the time of the offence and that the car, pictured in the evidential photographs, was not his vehicle.

He subsequently supplied the Safety Camera Unit with photographs of his car which showed differences with the registration plate.  Williams also stated that there was a possibility that his vehicle had been cloned.
After an extremely lengthy investigation, involving much time and effort on the part of the Unit's Enquiry Officer, a statement was obtained from the supplier of the registration plate confirming that Williams had purchased the new plate after the alleged offence.

At 19.00hrs on 18/8/08, Williams was arrested on suspicion of attempting to pervert the course of justice and interviewed a Torquay Police Station.  He chose to remain silent throughout the entire interview process.
Having pleaded guilty in court today Williams was given an 8 month prison sentence suspended for 2 years. As from today he is to be electronically tagged and restricted to a home curfew order, between the hours of 8pm and 8am, for 4 months. He was ordered to pay £1,000 costs and will also be liable for defence costs subject to a means test.

In summing up, Judge Gilbert said that Williams had been "thoroughly dishonest and thoroughly stupid over a long period".  Whilst he had taken into account Williams' current health issues due to personal problems, he made it very clear to the court that, under normal circumstances, he would automatically impose a custodial sentence for an offence such as this.

Investigating Officer, PC Dave Williams, said "As a result of his actions he now has a criminal record for dishonesty which will stay with him for life.  Safety cameras are there to protect all road users.  Those individuals who deliberately attempt to avoid prosecution by dishonest means will be investigated and dealt with robustly.  The integrity of road safety legislation must be maintained for the protection of all road users and the Judge has highlighted this today". 


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