Fazila Loonat, a 43-year-old Labour Councillor for Batley East, and Afshin Amini, a 34-year-old resident of Church Walk, Batley, have been sentenced to prison after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice in a speeding incident. The sentencing took place on Thursday, July 6, at Bradford Crown Court.

The West Yorkshire Prosecutions and Casualty Prevention Unit, dedicated to ensuring road safety, issued a stern warning to those attempting to evade justice, emphasising that such attempts would not go unnoticed. This message follows the recent case involving Loonat and Amini.

According to court proceedings, the incident occurred on July 5, 2022, when a mobile speed camera on the A644 Huddersfield Road in Dewsbury captured a speeding Mercedes C220, which was insured by Loonat and Amini. However, when officers attempted to identify the driver, they were provided with false information about a fictitious person. Subsequently, they were informed that the car had been taken for a test drive by this non-existent individual on the day of the offence.

Further investigation revealed that the given address for the driver belonged to Loonat and Amini, casting doubt on their claims. Eventually, both individuals maintained their original statement, leading to charges of perverting the course of justice. Prior to the hearing on Thursday, they pleaded guilty to the offence.

Established in 2019, the Digital Submission and Investigations team is responsible for probing cases where individuals attempt to disassociate themselves from traffic violations. The unit operates under the West Yorkshire Casualty Prevention Partnership, an organisation dedicated to reducing fatalities and severe injuries on West Yorkshire roads by ensuring that those who commit traffic offences face appropriate legal action.

The unit’s relentless efforts have resulted in defendants receiving over twenty years of collective imprisonment thus far.

Commenting on the case, Rachel Wainwright from West Yorkshire Police’s Casualty Prevention Unit, emphasised the gravity of perverting the course of justice, stating, “Perverting the course of justice is a serious offence and those who lie to us to try and avoid prosecution should be fully aware of the penalties they can face.

“In this case both the defendants made false statements and then made a number of efforts to substantiate the deception, wasting police time in investigating the stories put forward.”

Wainwright added, “West Yorkshire Police and partners work hard to make our roads safer and a key part of this is deterring speeding and encouraging drivers to use our roads safely.

“I continue to urge anyone who has footage of traffic offences or dangerous driving to submit it to our Safer Roads Submissions portal at Safer Roads Media Submissions (westyorkshire.police.uk)”