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Last Updated: Thursday, 11 May 2006, 14:30 GMT 15:30 UK
Nurse jailed for driving fine lie
A Devon nurse who lied about not being the driver of a speeding car has been sent to jail for six months.

Joy Rees, 39, from Plymouth, was caught travelling at 51mph in a 40mph zone while driving a friend's car.

She responded to a fixed penalty notice saying an American resident had been at the wheel. Photographic evidence later identified Ms Rees as the driver.

She was given a six-month driving ban and sentenced to six months in jail at Plymouth Crown Court on Thursday.

Ms Rees, a psychiatric nurse, told the Devon and Cornwall Safety Camera Partnership that Joanne Aiken, her former sister-in-law and a US resident since 1993, had driven the car.

The case was initially heard in absentia in February 2006. Ms Aiken was found guilty, fined 105 by Plymouth Magistrates' Court, and had her licence endorsed.

The DVLA found Ms Rees had falsified the information when they tried to contact Ms Aikens at a UK address.

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