Stamford taxi driver jailed for lying to police

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.
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A Stamford taxi driver lied to police in a bid to avoid prosecution after he twice triggered speed cameras, Lincoln Crown Court was told.

Rafqul Islam claimed a man called Abdullah was driving his taxi when the vehicle was caught speeding in October 2013 on the A151 at Whaplode near Spalding.

Alistair Munt, prosecuting, said when police made further inquiries in a bid to trace the driver of the BMW Islam claimed the man was a tenant of his and was in Bangladesh on a six month holiday. He added that Abdullah had fully comprehensive insurance to drive the vehicle.

But officers examined the photograph taken by the speed camera and were able to identify that Islam, who was the registered keeper of the BMW, was the driver.

Islam’s vehicle was caught again by a speed camera early on 7 December when the BMW was clocked at 85 mph on a 70 mph limit stretch of the northbound carriageway of the A1 at Barrowby.

He again denied he was the driver naming Abdullah as the person behind the wheel.

Rafqul Islam, 55, of Woodland Close, Stamford, admitted two charges of perverting the course of justice and was jailed for three months. He also admitted two speeding charges and received three penalty points on his driving licence for each offence.

Judge John Pini QC, passing sentence, told him “It is a very sad case but you have no-one to blame but yourself.”

Andrew Vout, defending, said Islam was a man of impeccable character who was involved in charity work and who had been a local restauranteur for 25 years before his business became a victim of the economic downturn.

Mr Vout said “He then took to taxi driving as a means of supporting himself and his family.”

He said that Islam had suffered both mental and physical ill health since the loss of his business and underwent a triple bypass operation following a heart attack.

Mr Vout told the court that Islam , who was on nine penalty points at the time, feared he would lose his driving licence.

“He was really struggling. The loss of his would have meant that he could not work and would have made it difficult for him to attend his hospital appointments.

“These were ridiculous lies that were never going to go unnoticed. He has done a very stupid thing and he bitterly regrets it.”

He urged that any jail sentence should be suspended because of Islam’s health problems.