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Man lied to avoid speeding ticket
Student car
Wensley's car is caught on camera
A Cornish university student received a suspended sentence for lying to police and changing the appearance of his car to avoid a speeding ticket.

Sebastian Wensley, 22, of Callington, was caught doing 97mph in a 70mph limit in his Ford Fiesta but told police the car photographed was not his.

He had pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing at Plymouth Crown Court.

He was sentenced on Thursday to three months in prison, suspended for a year.

Wensley was caught speeding on the A30 at Indian Queens in Cornwall on 4 January 2006.

Student car
The same car later with stripes
He claimed his vehicle had a number of key differences to the one in the picture, most notably his had two white stripes over the bonnet and roof.

He said someone must be using his registration and claimed not to have been driving the car at that time.

But officers discovered the car was his and that he had put the white stripes on and made other alterations to make it look different so he could escape the fine and a possible driving ban.

In mitigation, defending barrister Ali Rafati said: "This was a particularly stupid thing to do.

"In cases like these once the ball starts rolling in terms of lies the decision to come clean is perhaps more difficult."

Pc Duncan Russell, of the Devon and Cornwall Safety Camera Partnership, said: "The message from the court today is very clear - anybody convicted of an offence such as this could face the real possibility of a custodial sentence."

As well as the suspended sentence the University of Plymouth student was also disqualified from driving for three months, ordered to pay 700 towards the prosecution costs and to carry out 120 hours unpaid work in the community.

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