COUNTYWIDE: Driver who gave false name handed a suspended jail sentence
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A man who gave a false name to police twice has been handed a jail sentence for perverting the course of justice.
Garry Bugg of Oaklands, Leavenheath, was sentenced at Basildon Crown Court on Monday 7 June for committing an act or series of acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice.
The 21-year-old was handed down two years imprisonment (suspended), 300 hours of unpaid community service and 60 days rehabilitation activity requirement and costs of £535.
On 7 October last year, Bugg was reported for two traffic offences due the poor condition of the car he was driving.
The person whose details he used, received a notice of intended prosecution for the traffic offences and contacted police.
A few days later, on 20 October, officers stopped a vehicle which Bugg was driving, but again he gave false details. Enquiries at the scene established Bugg’s true identity and he was arrested.
Bugg appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Monday 26 April to face charges of two counts of committing an act or series of acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice, driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence, no insurance and making off without payment.
He pleaded guilty on the day to making off without payment and was fined a total of £172. He also pleaded guilty to committing an act or series of acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice and was sent to crown court for sentencing where both counts were combined to one count.
PC Jonathan McDonald, Roads Policing Unit at Stanway, investigating, said,
“This is a case where someone who thought they could evade justice by giving us false details, proves to others in Essex that we will find you and bring you to justice”.
When the 21-year-old appeared at Southend Magistrates’ Court on Monday 26 April no further action was taken for the offences of no driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence and no insurance.