Roger Moore, a 44-year old delivery driver from Plymouth, was caught driving at 51mph through a 40mph zone. But rather than face a £60 fine, Moore decided to embark on a complex cover-up that included faking the date stamp on CCTV footage and placing blame on the staff of a local garage.
Moore's attempt at faking the date stamp on his home CCTV camera initially supported his claim that he was not driving through Plymouth at the time of the speeding offence. He then alleged the film proved he had already taken a Peugeot 206 loan car back when it was filmed speeding - and said a garage worker must have been the guilty driver.
But eagle-eyed police experts noticed the shadows in Moore's driveway on the submitted CCTV were too long for the time of year.
They also found a log, which suggested the date stamp had been altered.
Judge Paul Darlow said Moore "went to extraordinary lengths" to prove his innocence. He jailed the father of three for 16 weeks, suspended for two years. He also told him to pay £2,000 costs, saying Moore could sell his private number plate to help finance the payment.
Prosecuting, David Gittins said that, upon being investigated by police nearly two years ago, Moore said: "I'm an honest person. If I did it, I would pay."
Mr Gittins revealed police experts spent time analysing CCTV footage from Moore's home, submitted by the defendant at court, which was used as part of his defence for the speeding charge.
Moore, of Stentaway Road in Plymouth, said his son had stumbled across the footage when looking through old DVDs. But the experts found inconsistencies.
Mr Gittins told Plymouth Crown Court the shadows on Moore's footage were far too long to be February, suggesting the CCTV was actually from later in the year.
The experts also recreated their own mocked-up footage in an effort to show how it was possible to change the date imprinted in the corner of the film.
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