Stourbridge man jailed over 'false' driving licence

Wolverhampton Crown Court

A Stourbridge taxi driver who used a false driving licence to avoid penalty points when he was twice caught speeding has been jailed.

52-year-old Afra Sihab produced the licence which would inherit the points after he claimed not to have been driving his car at the time of the offences.

But police later discovered the false licence during a search of his vehicle when officers pulled him over.

Sihab of Apollo Road, Wollescote admitted two charges of perverting the course of justice and the Judge, Robert Onions QC, ruled the only possible sentence was immediate imprisonment.

He told Wolverhampton Crown Court: "People like you who try and avoid justice by deliberate acts of deception will be treated by the courts with some severity.

"In my view you do not regret what you have done – you regret the position you have put yourself in."

He was sent to prison for eight months, banned from the roads for a year and ordered to pay £400 costs.

Alisha Harris, defending Sihab, told the court that since the offences, he has been working hard to put his life back on track.

"He is frankly mortified by what he has done and his family are ashamed of his actions," she said.

Miss Harris added that Sihab was now in alternative work running a fast food business and was "doing well".


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