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Carlisle dad-to-be could receive jail term for lying about speeding driver’s identity

Jason Farmer

A FATHER-to-be has been warned he could receive a prison sentence for lying about the driver of a speeding vehicle.

Jason Lee Farmer, 31, and another man, 37-year-old Richard David Farish, appeared together in the dock at Carlisle Crown Court earlier today (WED).

During a hearing in front of Recorder Tom Gilbart, Farmer and Farish each pleaded guilty to doing an act tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice.

The offence was committed between May 5 and 24 last year, when both lied about who was driving a vehicle which was caught speeding the previous month.

This was a Volkswagen Golf clocked at 79mph while being driven north on the A6071 in the area of Smithfield on April 23 of that year.

The case was adjourned for the preparation of up-to-date background information about both men by the probation service.

Recorder Gilbart was told by barrister Sarah Magill, representing Farmer, that he had a child due to be born during July.

Noting that it was important for Farmer, of Gilsland Road, Carlisle, to be in attendance for the birth, the judge postponed sentencing until August 10.

Both Farmer and Farish, of Princess Street, Carlisle, were granted unconditional bail in the meantime.

“The fact I am granting you bail and asking for reports is no indication as to the likely sentence,” said Recorder Gilbart. “You both know it is a serious matter and custody will be at the forefront of the court’s mind.

“Reports are being commissioned to consider all options.”