Rugby mum faces jail after failed insurance con - The Rugby Observer

Rugby mum faces jail after failed insurance con

A MOTHER from Rugby has been told to sort out child-care arrangements – because a judge plans to jail her for trying to con magistrates with a false insurance certificate.

Zarina Hussain and her cousin Imran Ali had produced the bogus certificate after they were stopped by the police while her Vauxhall Zafira was being driven by uninsured Ali.

They both pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to doing an act intended to pervert the course of justice, while Ali also admitted driving without insurance and Hussain admitted permitting him to do so.

Ali, 23, of Whaleys Croft, Willenhall, Coventry, was jailed for six months and had six points put on his licence.

But the case against 27 year-old mother-of-two Hussain, of Bath Street, was adjourned after Judge Richard Bond was told she had not made any arrangements for her two young children to be cared for.

Prosecutor Blondel Thompson said in July last year the police had stopped Hussain’s car in Oliver Street, Rugby.

She was the only person who was register as being insured to drive it, but was sitting in the passenger seat while it was being driven by Ali, her cousin.

As a result, Ali was prosecuted for driving the car while uninsured, and Hussain for permitting him to do so.

They denied the offences, and when they turned up at the magistrates’ court in Leamington on March 30 this year, they handed in a insurance document to the magistrates’ legal advisor.

But checks with the insurance company named on the certificate revealed that it was fraudulent, and they were both arrested at the magistrates’ court.

Ali told the police he had bought the certificate from a friend for £1,000 because he had received quotes of over £3,000 from insurance companies – but claimed he did not know it was ‘dodgy.’

Sophie Murray, for Hussain, said she had two young children, and there was no-one to look after them.

She suggested Hussain had played a secondary role, but Judge Bond said he did not accept that, and told Hussain he was adjourning her case and granting her bail, to give her time to make arrangements for the care of her children.

Ravi Sidhu, for Ali, said he was fully aware of the seriousness of his predicament.

Jailing Ali, Judge Bond told him: “This was a deliberate attempt by both of you to pull the wool over the eyes of the court. Unfortunately for you, you didn’t realise the court would check the validity of the document. It is so serious, only an immediate sentence can be justified.”



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