Speeding man blames gran in Africa

Speeding man blames gran in Africa

A Volkswagen Polo driver from Essex attempted to dodge a speeding fine by blaming the offence on his grandmother - who lived more than 3,000 miles away, could not drive and had never visited the UK.

Basildon Crown Court was told Dillon Coker was caught by a speed camera travelling at 51mph on a 40mph stretch of the A127 in Laindon, Essex, in January.

Coker, 26, told Essex Police he was not driving his VW Polo at the time, saying his grandmother was responsible.

But she was not a named driver on hiscar insurance policy and police investigations established she lived in Sierra Leone and could not possibly have been behind the wheel.

Coker, of Central Park Avenue, Dagenham, admitted perverting the course of justice.

He received a six-month jail sentence suspended for 12 months, was told to carry out 100 hours of work in the community and ordered to pay £500 in costs.

Copyright Press Association 2013