Nelson banned driver caught behind wheel for fourth time

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A DAD-OF-TWO who got behind the wheel for the fourth time while banned and gave his brother’s details to police has been locked up for eight months.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Shahid Akhtar, who is ordered off the road until 2015, was a volunteer worker at St Philip’s Church, Nelson. He was now said to be back with his family after living a life of drink and drugs.

Akhtar (33), of Bracewell Street, Nelson, had admitted driving while disqualified, driving with no insurance and trying to pervert the course of justice.

Miss Sarah Statham (prosecuting) said the defendant was stopped as he was driving on the M65 last May. He was given a fixed penalty for having no insurance, was fingerprinted and was allowed to go on his way.

A summons was issued for the defendant’s brother when the fixed penalty was not responded to. The defendant was later arrested and owned up. He had previous convictions for drink driving and failing to provide a specimen.

Mr James Heyworth, for Akhtar, said he was clear of crack cocaine and heroin and was no longer on methadone.

The barrister added: “He has been able to re-establish his relationship with his wife and children. He has spent much of the children’s formative years living a drug addict’s and drinker’s lifestyle.”

Passing sentence, Judge Beverly Lunt told the defendant: “Perverting the course of justice is very serious. It strikes at the heart of the criminal process.”