A man lied to police that his girlfriend’s car had been stolen after a burglary to hide the fact he had crashed it himself.
Leeds Crown Court heard yesterday that Matthew Camplin had taken his girlfriend to work in the Peugeot 107 on March 10 but should not have been driving it because he had no licence or insurance.
When he got back home to St Paul’s Terrace in Mirfield he crashed it into the back of a neighbour’s car shunting it forward into another vehicle damaging both.
Instead of staying at the scene he drove off and took the car worth £3,000 to a scrapyard, selling it for £1,000, said Richard Canning prosecuting.
Camplin told his girlfriend he had left the keys in the vehicle and it had been stolen which meant the insurance would not pay out so he said he would report the keys had been taken in a burglary and it had then been stolen.
Mr Canning said as a result of that report to the police a scenes of crime officer went to the premises and took photographs and fingerprints and another officer began investigating but they were suspicious about Camplin’s account.
They gave him a chance to admit the truth but he continued with his story of the burglary through two interviews only admitting what had really happened in the third.
By then extensive police time had been wasted including a detective sergeant allocated to investigate the burglary, CCTV and automatic number plate recognition checked and five statements taken from witnesses.
Mohammed Nawaz, representing Camplin, said: “His case, frankly speaking, is a woeful tale of one act of gross stupidity spiralling into more serious offences and landing him in crown court.”
He said Camplin realised he should not have been driving and panicked after the collision. He wanted to try and ensure his girlfriend was paid out for her loss but made the situation worse.
She was fortunately standing by him but if he lost his liberty there was a chance they might also lose their home if she could not keep up payments herself.
Camplin, 24, admitted perverting the course of justice, failing to stop after an accident, having no licence or insurance.
Jailing him for 12 weeks, Judge Guy Kearl QC said he accepted his remorse was genuine but “those who pervert the course of justice are undermining the fabric of the legal system and almost inevitably a custodial sentence will follow.
“You contacted the police and told them your house had been burgled and your girlfriend’s car had been stolen. In fact, this was a fabrication designed to avoid responsibility for having driven your girlfriend’s car without a licence and without insurance and when it was involved in an accident.”
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