A LEARNER driver who crashed her Fiat Punto in to a Porsche narrowly escaped jail – after telling police her husband was driving and not her.
Mother-of-five Lucvinder Kaur-Singh’s husband Jagjit also faced the court after police charged both with perverting the course of justice.
Leeds Crown Court heard provisional licence holder Lucvinder – who was driving illegally without supervision and uninsured – had only driven 150m from her home in Jack Lane, Batley, when she pulled out of a junction in to the path of a Porsche Boxster.
The Porsche struck her car and she spoke to the Porsche driver before leaving the scene and returning with her husband Jagjit.
The court was told Jagjit became aggressive with the man who had been driving the Porsche and both parties later reported the accident to police.
Officers went to the Singhs’ home and the couple – both aged 38 – signed statements saying Jagjit had been driving at the time of the accident.
Prosecutor, Simon Ostler said the couple later made a claim to the Porsche driver’s insurance company for £6,7978 damage to the Fiat Punto and for whiplash injuries they claimed Jagjit, Lucvinder and the couple’s young daughter had suffered in the accident.
Lucvinder’s lawyer Freddy Apfel said she was on her way to the shops when the accident happened at 2pm last May 29.
Mr Apfel said: “What she did was a stupid thing. She wants to say it was all her fault. Her husband got involved, he went along with it because she was in trouble.”
The court was told the insurance claim to the Porsche driver’s insurance company was stopped and was not pursued.
Mr Apfel said Lucvinder had since passed her driving test.
Richard Wright, for Jagjit, said his client was just managing to keep the family finances afloat by working full time night shifts in a call centre.
He said jail would have a disastrous effect on the family.
The couple admitted perverting the course of justice.
Judge Kerry Macgill sentenced Lucvinder to nine months in prison, but suspended the sentence for two years. Jagjit was sentenced to eight months, suspended for two years.
Each must do 175 hours unpaid community work and must jointly pay £700 court costs.
Judge Macgill told them: “You two had better tread very carefully as far as the future is concerned. These are very serious matters. You have just escaped custody. Do what I have told you to do or else.”