Former Stansted Airport taxi driver and wife convicted of perverting the course of justice over speeding
A former Stansted Airport taxi driver and his wife have been convicted of perverting the course of justice after she falsely admitted speeding offences to stop him being banned.
George and Helen Kourti were sentenced to four months in prison, suspended for 12 months. George, 52, was also disqualified from driving for six months and was ordered to complete 200 hours' unpaid work. His 51-year-old wife must complete 25 rehabilitation days.
The couple, from Southgate, north London, appeared at Basildon Crown Court last Thursday (August 1) and admitted two counts of perverting the course of justice. They were also ordered to pay £200 court costs and a £115 victim surge.
The case centred on two separate speed camera activations in Essex last year: one on the M25 at Epping on January 9 and another on the A120 at Takeley on September 24.
On both occasions, the vehicles were registered to a taxi firm based at Stansted Airport and the company nominated George Kourti as the driver on each occasion.
Helen Kourti declared she was behind the wheel. She completed a speed awareness course for one offence and accepted points and a fine for the other.
Investigating officer Roy Keyes, of Essex Police's road crime team, said: "Following an investigation, we found Helen Kourti had falsely admitted being the driver of the vehicles at the time of the offences to help her husband avoid disqualification.
"Her husband had nine points on his licence and had already completed a speed awareness course before these speed activations occurred, meaning he would have been banned for a period of time.
"Their lies have made the situation even worse and both have been convicted of serious offences.
"This case highlights that if you lie on the notices that we send you, we will investigate and bring you to court."