Eastbourne motorist lied to to avoid speeding fines

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An Eastbourne motorist who tried to dodge a string of speeding fines after claiming he was not behind the wheel was jailed for 10 months at Lincoln Crown Court.

Malcolm Ellison triggered speed cameras three times within just eight months while driving his wife Kathryn’s car in different areas of the country.

Michael Cranmer-Brown, prosecuting, said that when Mrs Ellison was asked to identify the driver she gave the name of a Canadian friend whom she claimed had been visiting.

But after the final speeding incident on the A1 in Lincolnshire police in that county tried to track down the Canadian and found that the address given for him did not exist.

Mrs Ellison was seen by officers who identified her from the speed camera photograph as the front seat passenger when the vehicle was clocked at 82 mph on a 70 mph stretch of the road near Grantham.

Further inquiries revealed that her husband was driving and eventually the couple admitted they had tried to hoodwink police in all three cases to avoid Malcolm Ellison getting points on his driving licence.

The vehicle was caught travelling at 38 mph in a 30 limit area in Leeds city centre on 29 April 2011 and just a fortnight later triggered a camera in Sussex when driving at 37 in a 30 mph limit.

Mr Cranmer-Brown said that although Malcolm Ellison was the driving force behind the decision to give false details it was his wife who actually filled in the forms and returned them to police.

“He would have received three points and the normal £60 fine on each occasion. Instead collectively they sought to avoid liability.”

Mr Cranmer-Brown said that Malcolm Ellison effectively got away with the first two speeding offences as by the time police realised what had happened they were over the six month limit for bringing a prosecution.

Malcolm Ellison, 36, and Kathryn Ellison, 38, both of Wish Hill, each admitted three charges of perverting the course of justice on 28 May 2011, 9 July 2011 and 16 January this year.

Malcolm Ellison also admitted speeding on the A1 near Grantham on 23 December 2011 for which he received three penalty points but no further penalty.

Kathyrn Ellison was given a seven month jail sentence suspended for 12 months with 100 hours of unpaid work.

Judge Sean Morris told them, “I am told you are both university educated and here you are in a criminal court charged as liars.

“When people get caught by speed cameras all they have to do is say fair enough and pay the fine.

“This was persistent offending. Those who pervert the course of justice in this way need to know they are taking an enormous risk.”

Clinton Hadgill, defending, said Malcolm Ellison admitted full responsibility for what happened.

He said that Mrs Ellison had argued with her husband about whether it was right to give a false name but eventually went along with his idea.

Mr Hadgill said, “Both of them are individuals of impeccable character.

“Both of them obtained a good university education and continued into fruitful employment. These offences are totally out of character for both of them.

“Mrs Ellison is responsible for staff as a personnel officer with a local authority close to where they live in East Sussex.

“They are both active members of the local community. Mr Ellison has been involved in raising funds for various charities.

“He was captain of his local cricket team.”