Roauf Azzabi 33 has been sent behind bars, by Chester Crown Court. This was not because of the speed he was doing but due to the fact he was found guilty of perverting the course of justice.
In August 2015 a cheshire speed van, on the A556 at Hartford in Norwich tracked a Kawasaki Z1000 at 122mph in a 70 zone.
When Mr Azzabi was sent his letter informing him that he had been caught and that he was required to confirm who was riding the bike at this time, Mr Azzabi thought that he would attempt to be clever and say that he was not riding and that his plate must have been cloned. He even sent in pictures of gear which differed from that shown in the photograph, claiming that he had never owned a white helmet.
This meant that cheshire police had to undertake a full investigation, whereby they were able to prove that Azzabi did own the bike and a white helmet, which he had purchased six months before the incident. Officers also discovered that Azzabi had purchased a new smaller number plate just two days after the speeding offence.
After a two day trial at Chester Crown Court, Azzabi was found guilty of one count of perverting the course of justice and sentenced to 9 months in prison.
Sergeant Brad Hughes from the Cheshire Police Taskforce said:
“Azzabi truly believed that he was above the law, and thought that by making a few simple alterations to his motorbike he would be able to avoid his conviction.
However, he underestimated the investigative skills of our officers and, as a result of his actions, he is now facing a prison sentence rather than accepting that he was the rider of the bike at the time of the offence.
The sentence handed to him, a man with no previous convictions, highlights the severity of this offence, and shows how seriously it is treated by the courts.”
Who knows what the punishment would have been, if he had simply owned up to the speeding in the first place. It may well have ended up with him being sent down, and you would hope that it would have been a senetence, though as we have seen with other cases such as that of Paul Whyatt, it may not have been (though we recognise that the circumstances do differ quite drastically).
What are your thoughts, does it seem like bikers are being hit hard at the moment with speeding convictions or is it a case of if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime?