Jail for 122mph motorcyclist
A speeding motorcyclist who persistently lied to the police and admitted his deception on an internet forum has today been jailed for eight months. York Crown Court heard how Andrew John Kelly finally admitted two counts of perverting the course of justice and one charge of speeding after being caught riding at 122mph on the A63 at Newthorpe, Selby on 20 June 2012.
Kelly looked to the internet motoring forum, Pepipoo, for advice about how to avoid the impending prosecution despite admitting on the forum that he was speeding at 122mph. His lies then escalated into a serious sequence of events as he attempted to manipulate the law to avoid penalty points.
Kelly’s admission on Pepipoo was discovered by technical expert Steve Callaghan, of Road Safety Support, who alerted its member North Yorkshire Police. A team of Road Safety Support experts then assisted the force and the Crown Prosecution Service in building the case against 37-year-old Kelly and advised them to obtain an official statement from Pepipoo.
During the investigation, police also uncovered his previous deception after he bragged to forum users about how he avoided a parking fine by producing a fake recovery invoice claiming his vehicle had broken down at the time. His lies provoked a backlash from other users on Pepipoo who disapproved of his deception and his account was terminated by the administrators.
During police interviews he claimed that a man called “Richard” was riding his bike at the time of the offence as he wanted to buy it. Kelly could not provide any further information about “Richard” as he claimed the diary in which he kept “Richard’s” details had been stolen.
Traffic Constable Zoe Billings, of North Yorkshire Police, carried out a detailed investigation into the case. She said: “Unbelievably Kelly published his intention to lie about who was riding his motorbike on the internet. When forum users spoke of their disgust at his dishonesty, he then bragged to them about how he had lied in the past and got away with not paying for a parking ticket.
“Our investigation also revealed that Kelly had a history of failing to comply with statutory documentation and a complete disregard for road safety. He tried to portray himself as a simple mechanic who was poor at paperwork, but in reality, he is an accomplished liar.
“He continued to lie during police interviews and only when presented with overwhelming evidence through his seized clothing, did he admit to being the rider of the bike. This case sends a very clear message that we will leave no stone unturned to ensure that those who put lives in danger on our roads are brought to justice.”
Kelly, of Pudsey, West Yorkshire was sentenced to eight months in prison for both counts of perverting the course of justice and given six penalty points on his driving licence for the speeding offence.