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Birdlip man jailed after using Tippex to tamper with evidence to provide false alibi

By The Citizen  |  Posted: January 17, 2014

  • Darren Midwinter jailed for six months

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A DRIVER has been jailed for six months after altering a receipt to make up a false alibi in a bid to get away with motoring offences.

Darren Midwinter pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice at Gloucester Crown Court on Friday.

The 45-year-old of Nettleton in Birdlip used Tipex to alter a receipt to make it look like he was at a transport company and so could not be the driver of a pickup truck involved in a crash.

The court heard there was a collision between his vehicle and a parked car in Moorfield Road, Brockworth at 5pm on May 23, 2012.

Pictures a witness to the crash identified his truck as being at the scene before it drove off.

But Midwinter argued at court he had a receipt from a transport company in Leckhampton, Cheltenham, proving he was there ten minutes early.

He even told district judge, Joti Boparai he would not have been able to have been in the two places at once - particularly as it was the day the Olympic torch went through the county.

He also produced photographs of his vehicle, showing that unlike the offending vehicle his pick up did not have side panels to the truck and was fitted with a tow bar.

His also had a square number plate fitted to the rear offside of the vehicle, to go along with his story.

He was cleared of failing to stop at the scene of an accident, failing to report and driving without due care and attention after a trial at Stroud Magistrates’ Court trial in June, last year and representing himself.

But his fake alibi was soon foiled when following the case the prosecution noticed the receipt had been tampered with.

Gloucestershire Police had to get a statement from the transport company and find the original invoice to prove the receipt was from November 30, 2013 and not May to prove the case.

A typewriter was also seized from Midwinter’s bedroom and MOT records and number plate suppliers had to be tracked down to show his story was fake.

A spokesman for Gloucestershire Police said: “All the evidence suggests Midwinters vehicle was not at the suppliers at the time of the road traffic collision and that the appearance of his vehicle has been changed by Midwinter in order to evade prosecution.”

He admitted giving false evidence under oath by producing altered documents to support his case in a magistrates’ court trial on June 18 and was jailed for six months.

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  • Kay_Powell  |  January 17 2014, 5:16PM

    It seems that it was rather too easy for him to make up fake evidence. If it hadn't been noticed later that a receipt had been altered, this criminal would have got away with the offence.

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