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Driver sentenced for speed ticket deceit in Bedford

A driver from Bedford who paid £300 to a man in a pub to "make a speeding ticket go away" has been given a suspended sentence.

Guiseppe Forcellati, 43, feared he would lose his licence and job after being caught on a speed camera in Bromham, Luton Crown Court heard.

The 43-year-old, of St Michael's Road, admitted perverting the course of justice.

He was given a six-month sentence, suspended for two years.

He was also ordered to do 150 hours unpaid work and given a two-month curfew.

He was fined £150 and banned from driving for 42 days.

'Extreme folly'

The court heard a man he met in a pub provided police with false information about the "driver" and kept the pretence going for three-and-a-half months.

Police went to a property in Leicester, where the driver supposedly lived, to find it was just a mailing address.

Prosecutor Daniel Siong said when he was first questioned, Forcellati said he had not been driving but later made admissions.

Paul Tweddle, for the defendant, said: "This was an act of extreme folly and the biggest mistake of his life."

He said the defendant had been told he could be banned because he was 23mph over the speed limit in a 30mph zone and feared his job would be in jeopardy.

Mr Tweddle said he knew that custody was the most likely outcome but urged the court to suspend the sentence and restrict his liberty in other ways.

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