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Beautician who advertised on Facebook for someone to take her speeding points ended up in prison

07th Jan 2017

Sheree Siddall was desperate to avoid having more Points on her licence when she faced her fourth speeding conviction in two years. That would have seen her on at least 12 Points at which point any driver faces a 6 month driving ban.

The Facts - Notice of Intended Prosecution

Sheree Siddall aged 30 from Yafforth in Yorkshire asked Facebook friends if anyone would be willing to take her points for cash.  However, the make-up artist's scheme rebounded on her because her plea for help was seen on social media by a police officer, who was also one of her clients.

She also posted pictures taken while she was driving, prompting friends to suggest she should have had more points on her licence. In her social media page photos taken while she was at the wheel of her car the steering wheel is clearly seen in her sunglasses lens as indeed is the road ahead.  On one photo, a friend commented: 'Reflection in them sunglasses says three more points LOL.' Another shows her hair billowing in the wind as she drives with the top down and an empty passenger seat. 

Her sentence for perjury

She was jailed for four months and banned from driving for eight months after admitting perjury at York Crown Court. She was caught speeding in her Audi TT in a 30mph zone on the A684 near Morton-on-Swale on July 10th 2016.

She had posted on her Facebook page: 'Who wants cash for taking three points? Been done again.'

She then lied about who was driving when she was asked to confirm the identity of the person behind the wheel. A friend approached her and he arranged for another man to be paid £300 by Siddall to take the Points. In mitigation, she said her actions were a result of being drunk and her bipolar disorder, which made her act on impulse.

However, no medical evidence was presented confirming she had the condition.

The Judge commented that this would never have come to light if she had not posted this so brazenly on Facebook where it was seen by a client who was a Police Officer. 

Frank Rogers, Head of the Driving Offence Ream at Brown Turner Ross commented:

"Trying to dodge Points by getting someone else to take them for you is always fraught with danger because there is the ever present risk the other person will blow you up. A prison sentence is an inevitable consequence of what she did. To be so brazen and naive as to advertise on Facebook for someone to conspire with you to pervert the course of justice (not of course how she worded the post!) is beyond comprehension.

She obviously received a Notice of Intended Prosecution and advertised on Facebook for someone to provide their details for her to insert in the Form as having been the driver. If she had already been convicted on 3 separate occasions of speeding she would have had a minimum of 9 Points on her licence (Points for speeding range from 3 - 6) so a 4th conviction would have seen her reach 12 Points when she would be disqualified from driving for 6 months unless she could show that "exceptional hardship" would result - for an explanation of how that works click this link - totting up & exceptional hardship.

There is insufficient information in the media reports of this case to assess what her chances of success would be with such an argument - I currently have a client still driving with 30 Points on his licence so a properly prepared and presented case can succeed.

It also appears that she represented herself at Court so she swapped arguing exceptional hardship and a possible 6 month ban for a prison sentence and an 8 month ban - a gamble that was never worth taking.

I tell all my clients to call me on 0800 195 7517 for Free initial advice when they get any Notice of Intended Prosecution so that I can advise as to its validity and generally as to the charge they will be facing. She needs to make a note of this mumber!"

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