North East Wales

North Wales Police officer jailed for MOT lie

Dean Hardy
Image caption Hardy was found guilty at an earlier hearing

A policeman who lied about a motoring offence when stopped by colleagues has been jailed.

Dean Hardy, 35, of North Wales Police, claimed he had a valid MOT certificate.

The 35-year-old of Moreton, The Wirral, later asked a more junior police officer to sign a form on which he had lied.

The Deeside-based officer denied perverting the course of justice but was convicted by a jury. He was jailed for four months.

Sentencing Hardy at Newport Crown Court, Judge Paul Thomas QC said he had shown a "cavalier disregard for the law", adding that he was making an example of him.

"Attempting to pervert the course of justice is an offence where an immediate custodial sentence is inevitable," he said.

"That is particularly so when a police officer commits such an offence.

"People like you, police officers, committing this have to be made an example of. If police officers do not respect the law how can the general public respect the law?"

Roderick Priestley, mitigating, told the court Hardy, who was suspended from the force last November, lied because he did not want to be a laughing stock at Deeside police station where he worked.

He said Hardy had brought shame on himself and his family and had now lost his career.

"I am sure no-one at Deeside is laughing now but saddened at his foolish recklessness for throwing away all he had," added the barrister.

Michael Hammett, prosecuting, told the court Hardy had been the subject of two other police disciplinary matters.

He said the officer was caught having sex with a member of the public while on duty in September 2007, and in March 2008 he was caught sending explicit text messages to other members of the force.

Judge Thomas said he would spend two of the four month sentence in prison.

"You told lies about having an MOT certificate for your car, lies about how it was on its way for an MOT and when filling out a relevant form you got an inexperienced officer to sign it for you," he added.

"It was a calculated course of action arising out of your cavalier disregard for motoring law.

"It was incredibly stupid and the fine you would have received is minor in comparison to this case.

"Rather than come clean about the whole matter you tried to brazen it out by pleading not guilty."

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