Ayesha Ahmed jailed for speeding fine dodge

Ayesha Ahmed jailed for speeding fine dodge

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Introduction

Why do people do it? We don’t know. But people often get more upset about driving than allegations of murder. It lead to the downfall of Chris Huhne and his wife Vicky Pryce, which indirectly brought down Constrance Briscoe.

Many people when caught speeding instead of doing the sensible thing and paying the fine, come up with ever elaborate ruses to get away with it. Very few of them succeed.

On 27th April 2016 there was another example. Ayesha Ahmed (who all the news reports referred to a ‘graduate’ for some reason) was jailed for 3 months for Perverting the Course of Justice.

 

Facts

Ms Ahmed was driving her BMW in a 30mph zone in July 2014, when she was twice caught going at 40mph.

Had she ‘fessed up, she’d have got 3 points and a small fine. The exact amount would have depended on her earnings, but it probably would have been less than the £450 she paid an unnamed gentleman who offered to help her use a ‘legal loophole’ to escape prosecution.

This seemed to involve providing the details of a fake man, living at a fake address, who it was claimed was driving. This seemed to fall apart quickly when the police looked at the speed camera photos and saw that a woman was driving. It also seems that that was the ninth time that that address had been used by someone claiming to be a driver caught speeding.

Ms Ahmed was later arrested and had a trial. It’s not clear what the defence was, but it seemed to be that she didn’t realise that what was happening wasn’t illegal. It wasn’t believed and she was convicted.

 

Sentence

Ms Ahmed received an immediate custodial sentence of 3 months. People are often surprised at how seriously the Courts take this offence, but it makes sense – it’s a deliberate attempt to escape the consequence of criminal offending.

People convicted of this invariably go to prison. In some ways, Ms Ahmed got a relatively light sentence – the usual sentence (even for those that plead guilty) is 6-12 months imprisonment. For that reason, although she undoubtedly doesn’t feel like it right now, she could consider herself fortunate that she didn’t get longer.

There is some suggestion that had she pleaded guilty she would have avoided an immediate custodial sentence.

That may have been correct, but it we would imagine that she decided the consequence of a conviction was such that it was worth rolling the dice in front of a jury, hoping for a miracle that never came.

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15 COMMENTS

  1. I wonder if she was a “totter”- and of course she was looking at six points, not three, having been flashed twice.
    Either way she was foolish beyond belief and I agree that a short but immediate custodial sentence is the only deterrent, regardless of age, sex, or personal circumstances. But it’s very sad.

  2. 40mph in a 30mph zone is clearly a death penalty offence or life imprisonment at the very least. Lazy police forces hiding behind ‘Safety Partnerships’ to raise money from unsuspecting motorists, but hey motorists are targeted by all of the various authorities so that’s OK then ?.

    We take it for granted that police equipment is accurate and always in calibration but this is not necessarily the case. There has been several cases where the motorists have proved the camera readings wrong.

    • Captain: are you seriously suggesting that if you get flashed and do not trust the calibration you can “sort it” by giving false information about who was driving?

      You don’t get a reading of forty twice on the trot unless you were well over thirty. She should have taken the fine and the points and if she was a totter the disqualification – as she no doubt now wishes she had done.

      • My point was not about her stupidity, although I know someone who did it and got away with it. My point is about the lazy police forces who hide behind the “safety” aspect, whilst the real intention is to fleece the motorists as if they are using the safety partnership scheme some revenues go back them from the fines issued. When I did some research on this a few years ago, I think it was Northamptonshire police where the speeding offences had gone from around 5000 per year to 84000 after the introduction of cameras and the ‘safety partnerships’. Kerching !!

        • Sorry having keyboard trouble at the moment. I meant to say that they get some revenues back from fines as part of the scheme so its in their interests to trap motorists.

        • It’s something you don’t have to pay. Stay well within the limit and you won’t.

          I am reminded of the people who call the Lottery a tax on the poor.

        • Duff info. The ability for safety camera partnerships to claim back enforcement costs ended circa 2007. Councils now get a road safety grant, which they use in the best way to reduce casualties. After education and engineering, the most effective behaviour changer is enforcement.
          Like any court fine, the fixed penalty notice fine goes to HM courts and then to the treasury.

          Yes I worked in that environment in the past. Thinking of buying a book, nominating your partner, researching excuses , challenging the calibibration, feel free. You are interested when you get a ticket, we are interested every day.

          The cameras are only placed on roads where folks manage to seriously hurt or kill themselves/others. It works, it’s not sexy, it’s not popular but slowing everything down allows more time to react, less impact speed and less pain.

          • Hair splitting I think. The fines have always gone to the treasury but some have found their way back in various forms to local authorities and the police / safety partnerships.
            As you are involved in this area, I was involved in calibration and can tell you that the standards I found in many institutions were very poor and it was often wrongly done or sometimes never done. Indeed in my area a driver proved after a long battle with the police, who consistently refused to produce calibration records, that the camera used to measure his speed was hugely inaccurate and had been calibrated poorly for years. So how many drivers have been wrongly convicted ?

          • No, Captain Insensible. Not hair-splitting at all. To try to support your argument, you gave incorrect information. You made a false claim. You have been proven wrong. Yet, you are still trying to justify yourself. Hmm, seems a familiar pattern. Now who does that remind me of? Oh, yes! Your real name wouldn’t be something Ahmed would it?

  3. Her being a totter is the only explanation that possibly makes sense. That was why Chris Huhne did it – if he’d taken that set of points he would’ve faced disqualification. Otherwise the sheer stupidity of a wealthy person not just paying a small fine would beggar belief. Then again the most intelligent people can be unbelievably stupid sometimes.

    “she paid an unnamed gentleman who offered to help her use a ‘legal loophole’ to escape prosecution”
    Oh good lord this is something that would happen on Eastenders 😀

  4. How do you know that “very few succeed” at getting away with it? My guess, based on comments made by friends, is that this sort of crime is very common indeed, and that it is usually successful.

  5. @ Richard Mahoney said…”No, Captain Insensible. Not hair-splitting at all. To try to support your argument, you gave incorrect information. You made a false claim. You have been proven wrong. Yet, you are still trying to justify yourself. Hmm, seems a familiar pattern. Now who does that remind me of? Oh, yes! Your real name wouldn’t be something Ahmed would it?

    Are you on drugs or just plain stupid ? You’ve clearly not understood the point made and resorted to the nonsense written. Lets try this to see if you understand the law…

    ” All speed-detecting equipment must have a calibration certificate valid for the day it is being used, and motorists accused of speeding are within their rights to request a copy of this certificate”.

    I really cant be bothered to respond further to your silly outburst.

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