|Isleworth Crown Court|
A cleaning company boss, who gave the identity of an old school pal to police when pulled over driving his Mercedes without a full driving licence and insurance, received a suspended prison sentence yesterday.
Part-time football coach Shawn Brown, 33, was exposed when his old friend responded to a court summons and the police officer realised he was not the same driver he stopped.
He pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice between February 22, last year and February 3 by giving a false name and address to police; driving without insurance in Kensington Church Street on February 2 and driving without a licence.
Prosecutor Mr. James O'Connell told Isleworth Crown Court: “The defendant is stopped three times by the police and gave the name Leon Bennett.
“At the magistrates court the police officer spoke to the person and recognised he was not the driver.”
Brown had also given false details when caught speeding and stopped with a flat tyre.
The Recorder of Kensington & Chelsea Judge Martin Edmunds QC announced: “He gives the impression of somebody not fully appreciative of his position.
“On three occasions you gave the name of an old school friend when stopped driving your car when you were not insured or licenced to drive,” the judge told the dad-of-one.
“That instance of criminal stupidity was repeated four months later. You are a coach and mentor to young people and what they'd make of your criminality I dread to think.”
He sentenced Brown to eight months imprisonment, suspended for twelve months, and ordered him to complete 250 hours community service.
The £50,000 a-year businessman, who has a property portfolio, must also pay a £5,500 fine and had eight penalty points added to his driving licence.
As an additional punishment Brown must also obey an electronically-tagged night time curfew for a month between 8pm and 5am.