Moore had faked the CCTV footage in order to avoid paying a fine (Devon and Cornwall Police)
Moore had faked the CCTV footage in order to avoid paying a fine (Devon and Cornwall Police)

A delivery driver who admitted faking CCTV footage to dodge a speeding fine has avoided jail.

Roger Moore, 44, of, Plymstock, Plymouth, was clocked driving 51mph in a 40mph zone in Plymstock in February 2011. He was driving a rental car while his own vehicle was being repaired at a garage.

He told Plymouth Crown Court, however, that he was not driving the vehicle at the time alleged and had the CCTV footage from outside his home to prove that he had already collected his own car, a Mitsubishi, from the garage.

Moore attempted to avoid the £60 fine and three penalty points by saying that garage workers were deliberately driving his car over the speed limit to get him into trouble. They had a vendetta against him after he critisised their work, he claimed.

Experts analysed the CCTV footage and discovered that it was fake. The length of the shadows was too long for the time of year in which the offence took place and the date-stamp had been altered, they said.

Moore was sentenced to 16 weeks, suspended for two years, for perverting the course of justice. He was also ordered to pay £2,000 costs.

Judge Paul Darlow said Moore "went to extraordinary lengths" to avoid paying the fine.

Moore claimed he stumbled across the CCTV footage while he was looking through old DVDs and used it as evidence in his defence.

Police analysts became suspicious of its authenticity as "the shadows cast across his drive equated with July 2011 rather than February 2011", the court heard.

Experts recreated their own mock-up CCTV to show that it was possible to change the date which appears in the corner of the film.

Ali Rafati, defending, said: "He [Moore] got himself in an act which snowballed out of control.

"He simply couldn't face up to that so he buried his head in the sand."

A Safety Camera Partnership spokesman said: "Mr Moore ought to consider himself extremely fortunate to not be spending tonight at the beginning of a custodial sentence."