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Former boxer Matt Skelton jailed for lying to police

Matt Skelton
Image caption Skelton is a former British heavyweight champion

A former British heavyweight champion has been jailed for five months after he lied to police about who was driving his car when it was recorded speeding.

Matt Skelton, 43, told police three times that a car valet called "Brian Williams" had been driving his Porsche.

But he was arrested after police concluded there was "no locatable Brian Williams", Cambridge Crown Court heard.

Skelton, of Bedfordshire, admitted three charges of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

Judge Gareth Hawkesworth told him he was "arrogant" and thought himself "above the law".

The offences took place between November 2006 and August 2008 when Skelton's Porsche, which had a personalised number plate, was caught speeding.

Prosecutors said Skelton was recorded travelling at 44mph in a 30mph zone in November 2006 and at 37mph in a 30mph zone and 41mph in a 30mph zone in August 2008.

On one occasion Skelton, of Wilden, gave police a false address for "Mr Williams".

Judge Hawkesworth said Skelton had to "set an example" to show "no-one is above the law".

"You are a role model to the public, particularly in Bedford and Bedfordshire, and you knew that you were," he said.

"One deception in your case may be forgivable but not three over a long period of time.

"I accept that you committed these offences in an arrogant manner.

"I take the view that you committed these offences because, in your own view of your own status, you were above the law."

"The fact that there was no need for you to do what you did emphasises what a cynical offence this was."

Skelton was given a five-month term for each offence to run concurrently.

Judge Hawkesworth said Skelton would be eligible for release on licence after serving half of the sentence.

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