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Speeder paid man to take ticket
Stirling Sheriff Court
The court heard Stewart paid the man 500
A businessman has admitted paying a man in a Perth pub 500 to take the blame for his speeding ticket.

Stirling Sheriff Court heard how Steven Stewart, 38, was facing his fourth speeding fine in three years when he made the approach.

His Range Rover was clocked doing 86mph in a 70mph limit on the A9 at Dunblane in March 2006.

He admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice and speeding. His sentence was deferred for reports.

The court heard that officers from Central Scotland Police's camera enforcement unit sent Stewart a letter asking whether he was the driver.

He signed and returned it confirming it was him and was issued a 60 fixed penalty.

But it was then that Stewart realised he could face a driving ban.

Suspicions aroused

Prosecutor Catriona Steele said the fixed penalty notice was not returned and the camera enforcement unit received a request from Stewart to view the video taken by their speed camera.

Miss Steele said the video proved to be hazy and unclear, and it could not be identified who the driver was.

She said suspicions were then aroused when a letter was received from another man claiming to have been driving the Range Rover at the time.

He enclosed his licence and 60 cheque.

This man was interviewed and confessed to police that he had agreed to stand in for Stewart.

Defence solicitor Ken Dalling said: "He acted out of desperation, and he bitterly regrets it."

Stewart was released on bail and given an immediate interim driving ban.

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