Driver who fitted radar jammer spared jail
A salesman who fitted a radar-jamming device to his car to avoid speeding fines has been spared jail.
Ben Kitto, 41, from Scarborough, raised police suspicion when he was caught on camera speeding on the A64 in North Yorkshire on June 30 last year. The police radar initially recorded an error, eventually measuring 53mph.
Officers studied video footage from the incident last summer and calculated Kitto was travelling at 91mph before hitting the brakes. They tracked down his BMW 6 Series to his address and later found dashcam footage that showed him speeding on nine other occasions.
York Crown Court heard how Kitto had bought a device off the internet that worked at the same frequency as police speed guns. When the frequency was read by the jamming device, it would emit a high-pitched sound indicating to the driver that they had five seconds to slow down before the speed-measuring device would register the vehicle's speed.
Kitto pleaded guilty to two charges of speeding in excess of the 70mph limit and attempting to pervert the course of justice.
He was given a two-month prison sentence suspended for 12 months, five points on his driving licence, 100 hours of unpaid work, fined £1,000 and ordered to pay £1,200 costs.
Judge Andrew Stubbs QC said that he was spared immediate imprisonment because of his "exceptional character".
"For you it appears the speed limits were an inconvenience," he added.
"This arrogance led you to fill your car with gadgets, both legal and illegal, to allow you to operate outside the law.
"You wanted to speed without getting caught and to do so you installed a laser jammer."