Facebook speed points plea driver is jailed

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A MOTORIST who advertised on Facebook for somebody to take the blame after he was caught speeding on the A61 in Sheffield has been jailed for five months.

Scott Woodburn, aged 32, was caught breaking the speed limit on Halifax Road in November 2011 and turned to the social media site, asking for somebody to take the points for him in return for £250 cash.

Daniel Baggaley, aged 26, took him up on the offer.

Police discovered the scam and both men were arrested.

Woodburn, of Hill Crest Road, Rotherham, refused to co-operate with the investigation and only pleaded guilty when police revealed forensic evidence that he was the driver. At Sheffield Crown Court, he was jailed for five months and banned from driving for five years.

Baggaley, of Vikinglea Drive, Manor, who admitted the offence, was given an 11-week jail term, suspended for a year, and a 12-month supervision order.

A spokesman for South Yorkshire Safer Roads Partnership said: “Hopefully this case will send a warning to anyone who would consider anything so irresponsible.”

Woodburn “was prepared to drive at excessive speed and, once caught, rather than changing the manner of his driving, he selfishly paid to have someone else to take the blame so he could continue behaving as before”.