Man avoids jail after friend crashes car

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Man avoids jail after friend crashes car

A man from March who tried to claim his sports car had been stolen after his friend crashed it into a ditch has avoided jail.

James Hart allowed a friend to drive his black Aston Martin Vantage, which he had bought for more than £40,000  last year.

However, the car was crashed and abandoned , near Wisbech, where it was later found by police.

He was arrested for perverting the course of justice, which he pleaded guilty to last month.

On Friday at Cambridge Crown Court, Hart was sentenced to 15 months imprisonment, suspended for 24 months, ordered to undertake 25 days of rehabilitation activity, had a curfew imposed on him  for four months and was ordered to pay £1200 in costs.

PC Matt Smart said: “Hart has not gone to prison but he will have the prospect of prison hanging over him for two years, as well as the curfew and costs.

“He took a risk and when it went wrong he tried to get out of it by lying. However, there was clear evidence the car had not been stolen.

“We have had other cases where people have falsely claimed their cars have been stolen so I hope this demonstrates how seriously it is treated.”

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