A PENPARCAU man pressured his daughter into take his speeding penalty points so that he could maintain a clean licence.
The Cambrian News reported “Shaun Andrew Turberfield, 52, bullied Shauna into claiming she had been driving when a speed camera clocked his Nissan doing 36mph in a 30mph area in Wrexham on 8 July last year.
But the plan unravelled when police realised she was a learner driver and that the speed camera showed that ‘L’ plates were not being displayed.
Shauna Turberfield was then told she would be prosecuted for that offence as well and, after learning she would have to go to court, she confessed to police what had happened.
Shaun Turberfield, of 3 Garth Dinas, admitted doing a series of acts tending to pervert the course of justice.
Dean Pulling, prosecuting, told Swansea Crown Court that Shaun Turberfield had been verbally abusive and had even tried to bribe his 20-year-old daughter when she said that she did not want to go through with the deception.
After his arrest, Shaun Turberfield told police: “Maybe I come across as loud and aggressive. It’s just the way I am.”
His barrister, Corina Hughes, said he had been foolish but had felt it important to maintain a clean driving licence.
Shaun Turberfield, a former doorman who now helps his partner to run a cake business, was jailed for eight months, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to complete 15 days of a rehabilitation activity.
He was also banned from driving for three months and told to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work for the community, as well as paying £590 in prosecution costs and court surcharge.
Judge Keith Thomas said Shaun Turberfield had bullied his daughter until “the whole pack of cards came crumbling down around you, as it should have”.
He said the whole system of justice depended on people being honest and frank with the authorities” here.