​Essex man blames gran in Africa for speeding

The high-profile case of politician Chris Huhne brought to light the crime of falsely attempting to shift the blame for a speeding ticket onto someone else.

But, sly though Huhne's misdeeds may have been, at least he wasn't foolish enough to try and blame someone who was 3,000 miles away at the time – and couldn't even drive!

Incredibly, though, that's exactly the stunt one driver from Essex tried to pull.

Dillon Coker, 26, of Dagenham, Essex, told police that he hadn't been driving his VW Polo when it was caught driving at 51mph in a 40mph zone in January.

Coker said that it had actually been his grandmother who'd been behind the wheel when it was snapped by a speed camera on the A127 in Laindon, Essex.

But when police examined Coker's insurance policy, they discovered that his grandmother was not a named driver on the car.

Further investigation revealed that she actually lived in Sierra Leone, and had never visited the UK in her life – and what's more, she wasn't even able to drive.

Appearing at Basildon Crown Court, Coker pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice.

He was given a six-month jail sentence suspended for 12 months, ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid community service, and slapped with a bill for £500 in costs.

It isn't the first time that a driver's tried to lay the blame for speeding at the door of someone who couldn't possibly have been behind the wheel at the time, though.

Back in September, Michael Tatem told police that a Mexican man called Carlos De La Vega had been driving his Alfa Romeo Giulietta when it was snapped doing 53mph in a 40mph limit in Tavistock, Devon.

However, when police investigated, they found that there was no way Carlos De La Vega could have committed the crime - because he didn't even exist!
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