Private hire driver made wife take speeding points
A JUDGE slammed a private hire cab driver who made his wife take the blame for his speeding offences.
Jasvinder Singh Landa pretended his wife had been driving the car so he could avoid losing his driving licence.
But he was caught out as the Ford Galaxy was registered as a private hire vehicle – and photographs of the second offence showed Mr Landa wearing his work uniform.
Judge Tony Mitchell said he should feel remorseful for what he had put his wife through.
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He said: "It would have been very difficult for your wife to turn around and deny you. It's part of your culture.
"You go home to a wife who expects to obey you, and you make her dishonest too. Because you tell her 'you must take these points otherwise I will lose my job. We will lose the house'.
"Now you've made her not only dishonest but she also has a criminal record like you, and you put both of you at risk of going to prison."
Judge Mitchell was given references from Mr Landa's employers and the chairman of his temple, which both described him as an honest man.
But Judge Mitchell said Mr Landa was not honest: "You have put your wife in that position. You have put yourself in that position.
"And nothing that has been said has addressed what ought to be the remorse you should feel at having put your wife, who you expect to obey you, in that position.
"So this is not really worth the paper it is written on, because you may do good works, but you are actually not very nice to your wife."
Mr Landa and his wife Raji Kaur Landa pleaded guilty to two charges each of intending to pervert the course of justice.
He was sentenced to ten months in custody, suspended for 18 months, disqualified from driving for six months and must carry out 180 hours of unpaid work.
His wife was sentenced to four months also suspended for 18 months, and 60 hours of unpaid work.
Mr Landa, 34, of Plantation Side, Bobbers Mill, was caught speeding in Colwick on May 31 last year and in Basford on June 13.
He already had six points on his licence, which meant he would have been disqualified.
Nottingham Crown Court heard that Mrs Landa was worried her family would struggle financially if her husband lost his driving licence, and therefore his income.
The couple have been married for 15 years and have four children.
Mrs Landa had committed no previous offences. His wife has two part-time jobs to contribute to the family's income.
The court heard that Mr Landa has already started looking for alternative work.