Suspended sentence for perverting the course of justice
Following a road traffic accident in which the driver of another vehicle sustained serious injuries, our client told police that she had been driving despite overwhelming evidence suggesting her boyfriend was, in fact, behind the wheel.
Our client had a different legal team during her police interview under caution when she maintained this account. She repeated her version of events some months later under oath in her partner’s defence. She was subsequently arrested and interviewed on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and, after initially maintaining her explanation, admitted that her boyfriend had been driving at the time of the accident.
As this was a sustained course of conduct, maintained under oath, an immediate custodial sentence would usually be expected. We comprehensively prepared all aspects of our client’s mitigation, which included demonstrating her genuine remorse and the extent to which her offending was not indicative of her true, exemplary character. The judge was persuaded to suspend an 8 month prison sentence, an excellent result under the circumstances.
Amy Cox and Jessica Dunk instructed Alexandra Davey of 5 St Andrew’s Hill in this case.