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Four Bradford men sentenced after conspiring to provide false details for speeding offence

Four men from Bradford have been sentenced after conspiring together to pervert the course of Justice.

It follows an investigation into returned Notices of Intended Prosecution for three speeding offences involving the same VW Polo vehicle in West Yorkshire and Lancashire in May and August 2020.

The vehicle was leased to Haroon Muhammed, 25, of Brantwood Drive, Bradford, by his employer. He returned information to the police naming other people as being the driver at the time of these speeding offences, but enquiries were made that confirmed that this was not the case.

On his arrest, conversations were found on Muhammed’s phone with the other three defendants in which they provided details of people that Muhammed could name as the driver.

The other defendants are:

Hasan Khan, 25, of Allerton Grange Close, Bradford;

Ishak Razzak, 50, of Chellow Dene View, Bradford; and

Junaid Amaan Shaffaq, 31, of Water Lily Road, Bradford.

All four defendants were due to stand trial on 11 April but changed their pleas on the first day of trial to guilty. They appeared at Bradford Crown Court on  Tuesday, 20 June for sentencing.

Muhammed was given an 11-month custodial sentence suspended for 18 month months and was ordered to carry out 200 hours unpaid work and pay a £128 fine, costs of £1,000 and a victim surcharge of £156.

Khan, Razzak and Shaffaq all received 18-week custodial sentences suspended for 12 months and made subject of 15-day rehabilitation orders. They have also been ordered to pay a £128 fine each and pay costs of £350 each.

The suspended sentences mean that if any of the defendants fail to comply with the requirements of their sentence or are convicted of another offence during the period of their suspended sentence then they are likely to serve the original custodial term as well as the sentence they get for any new offence.

Rachel Wainwright, of West Yorkshire Police’s Prosecutions and Casualty Prevention Unit, said: “Extensive enquiries were made by West Yorkshire Police to identify the four different people named as the driver at the time of these offences. While these were all real people, none of them lived at the addresses given by Muhammed and all denied any knowledge or involvement in these offences.

“The messages exchanged between Muhammed and the other defendants showed a willingness to break the law to try and help Muhammed evade justice. I hope these convictions show that by operating in this way it is not just the person who commits the initial speeding offence or signs the Notice of Intended Prosecution with false details who can receive a criminal record.”

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