A hotel manager has
been jailed for four months for lying to
police twice about speeding offences, after telling them an American was
driving his car.
David Jones, 48, boss
at the Hotel California in Newquay, hoped that claiming a Californian was
behind the wheel of his car would avoid penalty points on his licence.
Plymouth Crown Court
heard how he escaped prosecution four years ago by providing police with the
name and address of a man in Long Beach.
But he was eventually
caught after triggering a speed camera in 2013, when police pursued the case
until he confessed.
Judge Jeremy Griggs
said: “The gravity of this offence is that it is easy to commit and hard to
uncover and unless society can be sure that when people fill in these forms they
do so correctly and honestly, it undermines the whole system.
“I would be failing
in my public duty unless I imposed an immediate custodial sentence.”
On its website, the
hotel boasts three function “ranging from intimate to grand”, plus “ a well-stocked
bar, dedicated function coordinator and professional staff”
It states: “We are
able to offer you a service in a setting that ensures a tailored function to
David Jones, of
Pentire Crescent, Newquay, pleaded guilty to two counts of perverting the
course of justice.
Sam Jones, for Jones,
blamed the offences on a “moment of madness”. He added he never realised the
consequences of his actions.
Mr Jones said that he
was not even in danger of disqualification as he had no points on his licence.
He said Jones was
general manager of the Hotel California in Newquay which employed 50 people. He
said that if he went to prison some would inevitably lose their jobs.
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