Rugby mum spared prison sentence after attempted insurance con - The Rugby Observer

Rugby mum spared prison sentence after attempted insurance con

A JUDGE has had a change of heart after telling a Rugby mother to sort out child-care arrangements because she was headed for jail for trying to con a court with a false insurance policy.

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

Ali, 23, of Whaleys Croft, Willenhall, Coventry, has been jailed for six months after they both pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to perverting the course of justice.

Hussain, 27, of Bath Street, Rugby, previously had her case adjourned by Judge Richard Bond who told her to make child care arrangements because she was also going to be jailed.

But at the resumed hearing, he had a change of heart and instead sentenced her to 19 weeks in prison suspended for two years and ordered her to do 100 hours of unpaid work and to take part in a rehabilitation activity.

The court heard that in July last year the police stopped Hussain’s car in Rugby because she was the only person insured to drive it, but was in the passenger seat while Ali was driving.

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 turned up at Leamington magistrates court in March with an insurance document which they handed to the magistrates’ legal advisor, claiming it proved Ali was insured to drive the car.

But checks with the insurance company revealed it was fraudulent, and they were both arrested at the court.

Ali told the police he had bought the certificate from a friend for £1,000 because he had received quotes of £3-4,000 from insurance companies – but claimed he did not know it was ‘dodgy.’

Hussain denied producing the bogus certificate at court, and blamed Ali, who she said had shown her the certificate a week before they were stopped, and thought he was insured.

Sophie Murray, for Hussain, said: “These are serious matters, of course. The difficulty for Miss Hussain is that she has two young children, and there’s no-one to look after them.”

Judge Bond immediately interjected: “I’m going to adjourn her case, because I’m thinking of sending her to prison today.”

He told Hussain he was adjourning the case and granting her bail to give her time to make arrangements for the care of her children while she was serving a prison sentence.

At the resumed hearing, Miss Murray said: “There are additional documents. There’s a medical report about her mother’s health and photographs of her and the two children.

“It is clear her mother is under the care of a psychiatrist and is reliant on Miss Hussain for organising her appointments.

“The children are two and five, and are not old enough to understand why their mother won’t be around to look after them. It is they who are going to suffer should Miss Hussain be sent to custody.”

Sentencing Hussain, Judge Bond told her: “You permitted your cousin to drive your Vauxhall Zafira without insurance.

“The two of you submitted a false insurance certificate to the clerk at the magistrates’ court. You knew that certificate was false.

“You committed this offence in the courtroom, and your motivation was to avoid a conviction. The offence was committed at the very heart of the justice system.

“Your sentence has to have an element of deterrence so people know they can’t get away with it.

“You are very fortunate I didn’t sentence you last week, because I have taken on board the mitigation and the documents placed before me.”

But Judge Bond warned Hussain: “If you appear before me again, I will send you to prison. No matter how many photographs of your children you put on the system, it will not save you.”

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