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Egham man sentenced for perverting the course of justice and other offences after he was stopped twice for having no insurance

News   •   Apr 19, 2019 19:21 BST

A man from Egham has been sentenced for multiple offences including perverting the course of justice, after he was stopped twice by officers for having no insurance.

On Saturday 26 January, Liam Livingstone, 25-years-old, of Elbmank Avenue, was stopped by officers whilst driving a vehicle on Lyne Crossing Road, Lyne. He admitted to having no insurance and was found to be in the possession of cannabis.

Officers seized the vehicle under section 165 of the Road Traffic Act, and issued him with a warning for the possession of cannabis.

Unfortunately, Livingstone provided false details and the vehicle was later collected by the registered keeper.

Two days later (28 January), Livingstone was stopped again by a different officer whilst driving a vehicle on Blays Lane, Egham. He admitted to having no insurance and the vehicle was again seized under section 165 of the Road Traffic Act. Unfortunately he provided the same false details again.

Officers carried out checks later that shift and identified that the details provided on both occasions were false. He was also shown as a disqualified driver on a suspended sentence of 12 weeks for driving whilst disqualified and without insurance.

Livingstone was eventually arrested for perverting the course of justice, driving without insurance and on Thursday, 7 March, he was found to be in possession of cannabis.

PC Thomas Smith, who investigated the case said: “The offences of driving whilst disqualified and driving without insurance are committed by people who have no regard for the community’s safety.

“Livingstone not only committed these offences twice, but provided our officers with false details of an innocent party on both occasions. He continued to try and avoid taking any responsibility for his actions.

“Perverting the course of justice is a serious offence and we will look to thoroughly investigate and put offenders before the courts.”

Liam Livingstone was charged by Crown Prosecution Service with two charges for perverting the course of justice, two for driving without insurance, two for driving whilst disqualified and one for possession of cannabis, he was remanded to court the next day and remanded in custody until the pre-trial plea hearing.

On Thursday, 11 April Livingstone appeared at Guildford Crown Court, and was found guilty of all offences.

Livingstone was disqualified from driving for 12 months and sentenced to a 52 weeks imprisonment (24 weeks for his first offence, 16 weeks for his second offence, and 12 weeks which had been suspended at a previous hearing).