Four individuals from Bradford have been handed sentences after being found guilty of conspiring to pervert the course of justice. The case arose from an investigation into returned Notices of Intended Prosecution related to three instances of speeding, all involving a VW Polo vehicle, which occurred in West Yorkshire and Lancashire between May and August 2020.

The VW Polo in question was leased to 25-year-old Haroon Muhammed of Brantwood Drive, Bradford, by his employer. Muhammed provided the police with information identifying other individuals as drivers during the incidents. However, subsequent inquiries revealed that his claims were false.

During Muhammed’s arrest, conversations were discovered on his phone, involving the three other defendants, wherein they provided him with names of individuals he could falsely accuse as the drivers involved in the speeding offences.

The remaining defendants are Hasan Khan, 25, residing at Allerton Grange Close, Bradford; Ishak Razzak, 50, residing at Chellow Dene View, Bradford; and Junaid Amaan Shaffaq, 31, residing at Water Lily Road, Bradford.

Initially scheduled for trial on 11th April, all four defendants changed their pleas to guilty on the first day of proceedings. They appeared at Bradford Crown Court on Tuesday, 20th June, for sentencing.

Muhammed received an 11-month custodial sentence, suspended for 18 months, and has been ordered to perform 200 hours of unpaid work. He must also pay a £128 fine, £1,000 in costs, and a victim surcharge of £156.

Khan, Razzak, and Shaffaq were each given 18-week custodial sentences, also suspended for 12 months. Additionally, they have been made subject to 15-day rehabilitation orders. Furthermore, they are required to pay a £128 fine individually, along with costs amounting to £350 each.

The suspended sentences indicate that should any of the defendants fail to comply with the terms of their sentences or be convicted of another offence during the suspension period, they may be required to serve the original custodial term as well as any sentence imposed for the subsequent offence.

Rachel Wainwright, a representative of West Yorkshire Police’s Prosecutions and Casualty Prevention Unit, stated, “Extensive inquiries were conducted by West Yorkshire Police to ascertain the identities of the four individuals falsely named as drivers during these offences. Although these individuals were real, none of them resided at the addresses provided by Muhammed, and all denied any involvement or knowledge of the crimes.”

“The exchanged messages between Muhammed and the other defendants demonstrate a willingness to defy the law in an attempt to help Muhammed evade justice,” Wainwright continued. “I hope these convictions serve as a reminder that it is not only the individual committing the initial speeding offence or providing false details on the Notice of Intended Prosecution who can receive a criminal record.”