Ilford company director jailed for eight months after lying to police about speeding offences committed in £93,000 Range Rover

Tauqir Khan lied to police about who was driving his £93,000 Range Rover when it was caught speeding

Tauqir Khan lied to police about who was driving his £93,000 Range Rover when it was caught speeding five times. Photo: City of London Police - Credit: Archant

An Ilford company director has been sentenced to eight months in prison after being caught lying to police in an attempt to dodge a number of speeding offences committed in a customised Range Rover worth £93,000 .

Tauqir Khan, 47, of Devonport Gardens, was found guilty of perverting the course of justice after a three day trial earlier this month at Inner London Crown Court.

He was sentenced at the same court on Wednesday, November 28.

Khan was also ordered to pay a £2000 fine and was disqualified from driving for 27 months.

Khan was first caught breaking the speed limit in November 2014 on Tower Bridge. After this he committed four other offences in the space of four weeks across the country including in Northamptonshire and Warwickshire.

The car Khan committed the offences in, a white Range Rover Vogue, was worth an estimated £93,000.

He replied to all of the offences at the time, claiming someone else was driving the vehicle and providing a false name to police.

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Eleven members of the public who shared the same name as that provided by Khan were contacted by City of London Police officers and all stated they had never worked for Khan’s company, seen or driven the car in question or lived at the address Khan provided in his responses.

Furthermore, no one by that name was registered at that address with the local council or the electoral register.

Officers were also able to establish Khan’s mobile phone number was in the vicinity of the area, at the time of the offence, for three out of five of the offences.

During sentencing, Judge Davies QC described Khan’s actions as “striking right at the heart of the judicial process” and said the attempts to deceive authorities on five separate occasions plus the tracking and contact by police of 11 innocent people meant “to do justice to the jury and the huge amount of police time taken, an immediate custodial sentence was appropriate.”

Pc Michael Martin from the City of London Police said: “This case shows how seriously we take traffic offences and that nobody is above the law.

“Serial offenders will be brought before the courts to face the consequences of their actions which can’t just be swept under the carpet.

“Speeding can endanger not just the driver’s life but also other law-abiding road users and will not be tolerated.

“Today’s sentencing illustrates just how severe your punishment can be, not only if you continuously break the speed limit, but also if you waste police time by providing false information and not owning up to your actions.

“Failure to comply with a request to identify the driver of a vehicle at the time of an offence, or giving false information, is viewed by the courts as an attempt to undermine the fundamental process of law, the repercussions of which Mr Khan is now realising.”