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Couple escape jail over speeding

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A lorry-driver and his disabled wife who avoided jail after lying about a speeding offence will have a lot of explaining to do to their car insurance brokers.

Christine and David Malcolm admitted at Preston Crown Court to perverting the course of justice after he was clocked on the A56 at Accrington in his wife's Renault Laguna.

The couple, of Keighley, West Yorkshire, claimed that the front registration plate had been stolen and used on another car, the one that was caught speeding.

But after investigating, police discovered that on two other occasions she had accepted her husband's penalty points in order to protect his job.

David Malcolm, 57, was sentenced to 40 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work and pay £934 costs.

Christine Malcolm, 51, was sentenced to 20-weeks, also suspended for two years, and placed under curfew for three-months between 9pm and 7am.

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