A university graduate has found herself jailed after she tried to dodge a speeding fine by paying for a “legal expert” to give false details to the police.
West Midlands Police have said that Ayesha Ahmed, who had completed a degree in international relations and politics, has now ruined a career that could have been promising for the sake of avoiding a small fine.
Ms Ahmed was found to have been speeding in her BMW twice within the space of five minutes by the same mobile camera that was parked in St Peter’s Road, near to her Netherton home.
However, rather than accepting the driver awareness course, along with a fine and three points on her licence, she decided to opt to pay a man who claimed he was able to exploit a “legal loophole” so she could get around the punishment.
Both of the Notices of Intended Prosecution (also referred to as NIPs) were sent to Ahmed and they were returned, implying that a Ms Nosheen Yoqum, of Forrester Street, Walsall, was behind the wheel when the car was found to be driving at 39mph and 40mph in the 30mph zone in June 2014.
The police started to become suspicious as Ms Ahmed from Baptist End Road had sent an email to the unit making a claim that she was being followed at the time and asking to be let off.
Enquiries have revealed that there have been eight other speeding offence attributed to drivers who live at the same Forrester Street address, yet there has been no record of them being tenants and DVLA checks also resulted in no returned results.
In an interview with the police, Ahmed has admitted to trying to dodge the penalty points she deserved, but claimed that she thought the £450 was being paid to a lawyer who specialists in speeding fines.
Ms Ahmed maintained her innocence during the two day trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court, but the end result was that she was given a three month jail sentence after the jury unanimously found her to be guilty of trying to pervert the court of justice. She was also given a ban from driving for 58 weeks.
A representative from the West Midlands Police’s Camera Enforcement Unit, PC Steve Jevons, said “Ahmed has paid a heavy price for thinking she could lie her way out of speeding offences. We examined footage of the offences and it’s clear she was not being followed; the jury concluded she was deliberately trying to avoid justice and was not, as she claimed, the victim of a scam by a bogus lawyer. She never met this ‘legal expert’, didn’t have an address or phone number for him, and paid the money via a third party. Ahmed was given every opportunity to admit her guilt – an admission that would have spared her a jail term – and even the judge asked if she wanted to proceed to trial in the face of damning evidence.”
He added “It’s a sorry tale: she has no previous convictions but a potentially promising career is now in ruins and all because she wanted to retain a clean licence. Don’t be conned by anyone saying they know a person who, for a fee, can ‘make speeding fines go away’. These people try passing blame onto phantom drivers knowing the authorities won’t be able to trace them and assuming the matter will be dropped. They never meet in person and won’t give contact details so it makes them hard to trace – but we will investigate and anyone found lying to the police and courts must understand they face the prospect of time in prison.”