Rutland driver who lied to police about speeding near Stamford is jailed

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.
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A driver who lied to police and members of a jury after his car was twice caught speeding has been jailed for six months.

Edward Batey was asked to identify the owner of the S-type Jaguar which triggered cameras on the A1 near Stamford twice within a week in May 2013.

Batey, 60, of Tixover Grange, Tixover, said he was not the owner of the vehicle. But he was charged with two offences of perverting the course of justice.

He denied the offences telling a jury that when he gave the information to police he honestly believed he had scrapped the Jaguar.

Edna Leonard, prosecuting, said at the time of the incidents Batey had a clean driving licence. But he was awaiting prosecution for a careless driving offence, for which he received six penalty points.

By the time the details of the speed camera offences came through, Batey knew that the extra three points for each of those matters would trigger a driving ban under the totting up procedure as he would have reached 12 points.

Batey denied two charges of perverting the course of justice but the jury at Lincoln Crown Court found him guilty of both offences.

Judge John Pini QC , passing sentence, told him: “You told the jury you were confused as to which car was being referred to. You must have known.

“Had you been convicted of the two speeding matters you would have been disqualified as a totter.

“This was a relatively prolonged and quite deliberate deception in which the jury rejected your account of matters.

“These offences were deliberate with the sole aim that there was no prosecution and lies were persisted in.

“You successfully perverted the course of justice twice. Offences of this sort strike at the very heart of the justice system.”

“In my view this is the type of offence that requires the court to pass an immediate custodial sentence.”