Couple guilty of avoiding fine

A Yorkshire husband and wife have been given suspended jail sentences for perverting the course of justice after they lied to avoid a speed camera fine.

David Malcolm, 57, was caught speeding on the A56 at Accrington in his wife Christine's, Renault Laguna on June 15 last year.

But the court heard that the couple, of Bracken Bank Grove, Keighley, West Yorkshire, went to great lengths to distance themselves from the offence including reporting Mr Malcolm's front registration plate as stolen.

Mrs Malcolm, 51, who is disabled, then claimed the speeding offence was committed by drivers in a stolen car bearing her number plate.

She even criticised police in a local newspaper article for accusing her of a crime she did not commit.

Police investigations found she had also accepted penalty points on behalf of her husband on two other occasions to protect his job as a lorry driver.

The pair pleaded guilty to the offence at Preston Crown Court and Mr Malcolm received a 40-week prison sentence, suspended for two years, 200 hours unpaid work and ordered to pay £934 costs.

Mrs Malcolm received a 20-week sentence, suspended for two years and was also given a three-month curfew order.

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