Woman who told police her ‘sister in Pakistan’ had been driving to avoid speeding fine is jailed

A businesswoman who lied to police after being caught speeding claiming her sister had been driving the car has been jailed for six months after handwriting experts proved that she had lied.

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Nosheen Sadaf, 36, was caught by police driving her BMW at 38mph in a 30mph zone on the A56 in September 2014.

When she received a letter informing her that she was to be prosecuted she denied that she was driving the car at the time and told police that her sister, who now lives in Pakistan, had taken the car without her knowledge.

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She passed on details of her sister to police so they could seek to prosecute her but she was never tracked down and the ticket was eventually cancelled.

Then in March last year Sadaf was once again caught exceeding the speed limit in Manchester while driving a Volvo.

She again claimed that her sister was driving the vehicle and sent letters to police claiming they were written by her sister to prove she was not behind the vehicle.

Police became suspicious and called in handwriting experts to help prove that it was in fact Sadaf who had written the letters on both occasions pretending to be her sister.

Sadaf, who was previously banned from driving for four months, pleaded guilty to two counts of perjury at a previous hearing and was jailed for six months yesterday.

Sadaf wept in the dock as Judge Hilary Manley told her: ‘These were repeated, calculated and deliberate actions by you designed to obfuscate and mislead to avoid the consequences of your bad driving.

‘What is particularly aggravating in this case is that you did this repeatedly, not only preparing to lie again but, worryingly, you were still driving at excess speeds.

‘You didn’t appear to have learned from the first time and you were only caught out after the police engaged experts.’

The defense had asked for the court to show leniency towards Sadaf because she is a single mother to a 12-year-old but Judge Manley said it was ‘disingenuous’ to ask for leniency because of her child’s welfare.

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