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Anglesey taxi driver and Covid volunteer who got friend to take speeding points jailed

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A taxi driver tried to escape a driving ban by getting a friend to take his penalty points for speeding.

But the boss of his firm reported the incident and the pair were found out.

Private hire driver Craig Stuart Jones and his accomplice Paul Nathan Jones had been found guilty of conspiracy to pervert the course of justice after a trial.

Today they appeared at Caernarfon Crown Court to be jailed for five months and three months respectively.

The judge, Her Honour Judge Nicola Jones, told the men: "This offence undermines the very foundation of the justice system in England and Wales. A deterrent sentence is necessary."

The court heard Craig Jones has contributed to his community, partly as a Covid-19 volunteer and as a Staff Sergeant Instructor in the Army Cadet Force, while Paul Jones is a carer.

But the judge insisted: "The offence is so serious only an immediate custodial sentence is appropriate."

Prosecutor Nicholas Williams told the court Craig Jones was caught speeding on the A55 by a speed camera on January 23, 2018.

He said he was caught again on the same road by the same camera the following day.

The prosecutor said Craig Jones already had points on his licence so he knew he would be disqualified from driving if caught due to the totting up of his points.

So Craig Jones asked his friend Paul Jones to take the points for one of the speeding offences.

Craig Jones, 36, duly returned a form to say he drove on January 23 that year and that Paul Jones drove the car on January 24 that year.

Paul Jones, 28, filled in a form to say he had driven the car on January 24.

The prosecutor said both were sent on speed awareness courses and neither got penalty points.

But the court heard that about a year later Craig Jones' former employer went to the police and an investigation began.

The prosecutor said: "The two defendants conspired together to pervert the course of justice by lying about who had been driving."

Brian Treadwell, defending Craig Jones, said his client had been foolish and accepts responsibility.

These offences would have got him to 15 points. Twelve penalty points on a driving licence within three years can lead to disqualification.

He needs his licence for his job and because his wife is in poor health and doesn't drive.

Indeed Craig Jones, of Llain Delyn, Holyhead, is a Staff Sergeant Instructor for the Army Cadet Force and a Covid-19 volunteer. He has collected prescriptions and done shopping for people on three or four days a week since March last year.

Ember Jade-Wong, defending Paul Jones, said he had not benefited from the offence.

The carer from the Gorwel Estate, Amlwch, was "horrified" to be in court and "terrified" about the prospect of prison.

The judge told Craig Jones he was the instigator of the offence and "almost got away with it for nearly a year".

But he avoided a driving ban.

The judge said: "There is no disqualification because the impact on the children, his (Craig's) family and others would outweigh any punitive element for either defendant."

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well he'll now be out of a job :roll:

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