Uninsured driver escapes jail

In Court
In Court

An UNINSURED driver from Gainsborough who gave his twin brother’s name when he was stopped by the police has narrowly escaped being jailed by a judge.

Tony Mountcastle, 50, admitted giving the name of his innocent brother, Terry, after officers pulled over the transit van he was driving in Beaumont Street, Gainsborough.

Lincoln Crown Court heard Mountcastle’s brother, a part time taxi driver with a clean licence, was later summoned to court and prosecuted in his absence by magistrates after being unaware of the lie. The court was told officers stopped Tony Mountcastle in a routine check after inquiries on the police national computer revealed the van he was driving was uninsured.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Mountcastle gave the false name of his sibling and then subsequently ignored any documentation which was sent to his home in his brother’s name.

As a result Terry Mountcastle was summoned before Lincoln Magistrates Court who fined him £520 and endorsed his driving licence with six penalty points after he failed to appear because of his lack of knowledge of the case.

Mr Howes told the court Terry Mountcastle only learnt about the wrong conviction when he received a letter from the DVLA.

Tony Mountcastle, of Whites Wood Lane, Gainsborough, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice on 28th March last year and having no insurance.

He was sentenced to four months imprisonment suspended for 18 months, placed under the supervision of a probation officer for 12 months and banned from driving for a year.

Passing sentence Judge Peter Clark told Mountcastle he had only narrowly escaped jail.

“You now know it is a very serious matter,” Judge Clark added.