A motorist from Eastville who falsely claimed her Range Rover was being driven by a woman who lived in Africa when it triggered a Lincolnshire speed camera was today (Monday, March 9) jailed for four months.
Former foster carer Yasmin Nicholls, 50, was sent a speeding notice after her car was caught doing 47mph in a 40mph limit on the A52 at Butterwick.
Lincoln Crown Court was told Nicholls filled in the form and gave the name of the driver as Donna Cleghorne with an address in Ghana. But investigations with the Ghana High Commission showed no one of that name had been given an entry visa to live in that country.
Further inquiries in the UK revealed Donna Cleghorne lived in Liverpool. She had known Nicholls in the 1980s but had no idea that her name had been used and was not in Lincolnshire on the day of the speeding offence.
Nicholls maintained the lie during her first interview with the police but admitted what she had done when she was questioned a second time, the court was told.
Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Nicholls came clean and admitted she was driving when her car triggered the speed camera.
“She wanted to keep a clean licence,” Mr Howes added.
During her police interviews Nicholls admitted that she had previously given the name of Miss Cleghorne’s sister and an address in Ghana to avoid prosecution for driving through a red light in 2012.
The court heard Nicholls had no previous convictions and had spent nine years working as a foster carer in Barnet where she looked after between 25 and 30 children.
Nicholls, 50, of Station Road, Eastville, admitted doing an act intended to pervert the course of public justice after she was caught speeding on March 23 last year.
Passing sentence Judge John Pini QC said it was a great tragedy to see Nicholls before the court.
But the Judge told her: “This is the second time you have done this.”
He added: “I am perfectly satisfied you knew well what you were doing.”