Bradford Man Jailed For Perverting Course of Justice

Wednesday, 23 July, 2021

A Bradford man has been jailed after giving false or misleading information to police about a car involved in a string of speeding offences. 

Gregory Barnes, 45, claimed the car, which was caught speeding on seven separate occasions at locations in West Yorkshire in 2019, no longer belonged to him and that he had sold it in June 2018.

However, investigations revealed he had not actually registered the Ford Fiesta on his insurance until September 2018.

Appearing before Bradford Crown Court for sentencing today, Barnes, of Poplar Road, Bradford, who pleaded guilty to four counts of perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing, was jailed for nine months.

Officers believe the vehicle was being used by someone known to Barnes when the speeding offences took place. Barnes then responded to the Notice of Intended Prosecution forms with false information.

Rachel Wainwright from the Prosecutions and Casualty Prevention Unit at West Yorkshire Police said: “Barnes claimed the vehicle was no longer anything to do with him and provided false information to the police. However, our investigations proved he knew more about the vehicle than he claimed. I am glad he was subsequently charged and convicted with perverting the course of justice. 

“We will not tolerate people trying to help others evade prosecution for poor driving on our roads. 

“I hope this serves as a lesson to other people who think they can supply false details to the police. Not only will they be committing a crime but they could face prison time.”

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