Jail for driver who tried to dodge fines

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A MOTORIST who tried to dodge a string of speeding fines after claiming he was not behind the wheel has been jailed for 10 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Malcolm Ellison triggered speed cameras three times within just eight months while driving his wife Kathryn’s car.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, prosecuting, said that when Mrs Ellison was asked to identify the driver she gave the name of a Canadian friend whom she claimed had been visiting.

But the final speeding incident on the A1 near Grantham led Lincolnshire police to attempt to track down the Canadian. Their inquiries found that the address given for him did not exist.

Mrs Ellison was seen by officers who identified her from the speed camera photograph as the front seat passenger when the vehicle was clocked at 82 mph on a 70 mph stretch of the road near Grantham.

Further inquiries revealed that her husband was driving and eventually the couple admitted they had tried to hoodwink police in all three cases to avoid Malcolm Ellison getting points on his driving licence.

The vehicle was caught travelling at 38 mph in a 30 limit area in Leeds city centre on April 29, 2011, and just a fortnight later triggered a camera in Sussex when driving at 37 in a 30 mph limit.

Malcolm Ellison, 36, and Kathryn Ellison, 38, both of Wish Hill, Eastbourne, Sussex, each admitted three charges of perverting the course of justice on May 28, 2011, July 9, 2011, and January 16 this year. Malcolm Ellison also admitted speeding on the A1 near Grantham on 23 December 2011 for which he received three penalty points but no further penalty.

Kathryn Ellison was given a seven-month jail sentence suspended for 12 months with 100 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Sean Morris told them: “I am told you are both university educated and here you are in a criminal court charged as liars.”

Clinton Hadgill, defending, said Malcolm Ellison admitted full responsibility for what happened.

He said that Mrs Ellison had argued with her husband about whether it was right to give a false name but eventually went along with his idea.