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Man avoids jail over fake insurance

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A young motorist who shares the same first name with his father has been convicted of attempting to pervert the course of justice after trying to use his parent's insurance certificate to evade a driving charge.

The judge at Cardiff Crown Court in south Wales said Michael Murphy displayed "bare-faced stupidity" when he decided to obtain his father's insurance certificate, without his knowledge.

But things failed to go according to plan when officials at Barry Magistrates' Court noticed the date of birth for the fresh-faced 20-year-old made him a middle-aged man.

When his deceit was uncovered, Mr Murphy was charged with attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Prosecutor Karl Williams told Cardiff Crown Court that the solicitor acting for the defendant from Heol St Cattwg, Pendoylan, Cowbridge, had produced the certificate in the magistrates' court without checking the date of birth.

Harry Baker, defending, said: "His father was annoyed, particularly because the vehicle involved was taken by police."

Judge David Wynn Morgan told Mr Murphy: "What you did is the kind of offence that invariably necessitates the imposition of a prison sentence."

Judge Morgan said he would impose a custodial sentence of six months but suspend it for two years to allow Mr Murphy to be given expert guidance.

© Press Association 2009