Another absurd attempt to avoid speeding points is thwarted
A MAN attempted to avoid fines and points on his driving licence by claiming his car was being driven by his wife. Trouble is, she had died some months before the offences were recorded, a court heard. Christopher Bingley, 44, was caught driving too fast on four occasions after his wife Joanne died.
The bankrupt management consultant had filled in a notice stating that his 39-year-old wife had been driving her Jeep Cherokee in two separate offences in August 2010 and a third time in February 2011. Each time he paid the fines. However, Mr Bingley’s bungles were discovered, because the final offence put Mrs Bingley in line for disqualification under totting up, so she was required to attend Barnsley magistrates Court.
Mr Bingley went to the court hearing and handed in a form with the findings of his wife’s inquest, where it was discovered the offences were all committed after her death. He claimed to have been confused during the months following his wife’s death, leading to the errors. However, Judge Peter Benson refused to believe he could have made the same mistake on three occasions, and said he had deliberately forged the details. The court heard how Bingley had previous driving offences from 1998 when he was caught drink-driving and two further offences in 1999 and 2000 when he was caught driving whilst disqualified.
The judge suspended a six-month jail term for two years and Bingley was ordered to wear a tag between the hours of 7pm and 6am for four months. He was also disqualified from driving for nine months.