A motorist who lied when stopped by the police gave his brother's name because he thought he might be prosecuted for driving offences he had not committed, a judge decided at Stafford Crown Court yesterday.
Judge John Maxwell told Jamil Hussain (31): "I will sentence you on the basis that you thought you might be prosecuted for something and that was the reason for giving your brother's name.
"After the event it seems you had committed no offence. That is the basis on which I am bound to pass sentence. You thought you would be prosecuted for something but as it turned out you had not done anything wrong."
However, Hussain, of Wood Street, Burton-upon-Trent, Staffordshire, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice. He was givent 180 hours community service and told to pay costs of £1,103.
Martin Liddiad, prosecuting, said Hussain was stopped at 1.20am in Burton in August last year "and gave his broth-er's details and allowed to go on his way. That seemed to be that. In March this year the same police officer came across him in the early hours of the morning. He was recognised and arrested for perverting the course of justice."
Makhan Shoker, defending, said: "To this day he does not know why he gave his broth-er's name." ..SUPL: