A novice driver who gave his brother’s name after being stopped by police has avoided an immediate prison sentence for perverting the course of justice.
Uninsured Mazhar Ahmed, 21, was caught behind the wheel of a Ford Focus car at a time when he only had a provisional licence, but after initially giving officers a false name he then pretended to be his brother.
The incident on Queens Road, Halifax, in October 2012 led to his brother being summonsed to court, but Bradford Crown Court heard that the officer in the case realised it was the wrong person.
A fingerprint taken at the time the car was stopped led to the arrest of Ahmed and last month he admitted charges of perverting the course of justice and driving without insurance.
The court heard that Ahmed, of Harvest Court, Halifax, had no previous convictions and his own barrister Conor Quinn said he had acted out of ‘’stupidity and panic’’.
Mr Quinn said instead of admitting the offence of having no insurance Ahmed had made the stupid decision to try and blame someone else.
Judge Robert Bartfield said Ahmed had decided to take a chance by driving the car that day and had then stupidly given his brother’s name.
The judge said Ahmed’s guilty plea had saved him from immediate prison.
Ahmed’s six-month sentence was suspended for two years and he was ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work.