Devon

Cornwall biker admits speeding at 150mph on A38

Oliver Marriott
Image caption Marriott was filmed speeding on the A38 near Plymouth

A man from Cornwall has admitted speeding at 150mph (241km/h) on a motorbike in Devon.

Oliver Marriot, 21, from Saltash, was caught by a mobile speed camera on the A38 near Plymouth in December 2008.

Marriot had denied the charges before a trial at Plymouth Crown Court but changed his plea, admitting dangerous driving and having no insurance.

He was jailed for 23 weeks - suspended for two years - and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work.

The pasty factory worker was also banned from driving for two years.

'Worst of any case'

Marriott was filmed riding his green 636cc Kawasaki ZX bike as it sped past cars between Marsh Mills and Deep Lane.

Judge Francis Gilbert QC said the speeding was the "worst of any case in any court in the West Country".

He said Marriott was an inexperienced rider who had only passed his test to ride 125cc machines two weeks earlier.

The bike he was riding was more than five times as powerful.

Marriott had only owned the £4,800 machine for about a month before the incident. The bike was later written off and he is still paying off the cost.

Marriott's hearing on Monday was a retrial. At his first trial in April, a jury failed to agree a verdict after deliberating for five hours.

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