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Narrow escape for lying taxi driver

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A dishonest taxi driver has narrowly escaped prison after claiming his wife was driving his car when it was caught speeding twice in a fortnight in Nottinghamshire.

Jasvinder Singh Landa, 34, received a suspended prison sentence and was banned from driving for six months after choosing his car insurance premium and driving licence over the welfare of himself and his wife, Raji Kaur Landa, when he claimed she had been behind the wheel.

Mr Landa had said his wife had been driving when the car it was spotted speeding in Colwick on May 31 last year and in Basford on June 13. However, photographic evidence proved otherwise and both were found guilty of intending to pervert the course of justice.

He was sentenced to 10 months in custody, suspended for 18 months, was disqualified from driving for six months and must carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.

His wife was sentenced to four months, also suspended for 18 months, and 60 hours of unpaid work.

Chief Inspector Andy Charlton, of Nottinghamshire Police's Roads Policing Unit, said: "If Mr Landa had admitted the original offence of speeding he would have received the fine and penalty points. However, both he and his wife now have criminal records for perverting the course of justice.

"It shows the risk of being caught out is very high and the consequences are severe."

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