Caught driving without licence, he pays nephew to take the rap

Caught driving without licence, he pays nephew to take the rap

A cleaning supervisor who asked his nephew to take the blame for a driving offence he committed four years ago ended up paying a heavy price on Wednesday.

Mohd Yusof Mohd Ali, 58, was sentenced to nine weeks in jail and banned from driving for five years after pleading guilty to two charges.

One was for driving without a licence and the other was for offering $1,000 and help in getting a job for his nephew, Mr Muhammad Norzaid Muhammad Yazid Johari. In return, the nephew took the rap for him.

In passing sentence, District Judge Marvin Bay said courts must send a "strong and serious" message that it is never worth the while to pay for someone else to take the responsibility for an offence.

Mohd Yusof was behind the wheel when he collided with another car along Jurong West Street 75 on Nov 8, 2009. He paid $300 to the other driver for the damage caused and later told the police who arrived at the scene that he did not have a licence.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Kavita Uthrapathy said this was the fifth time Mohd Yusof had been caught driving without a licence.

Later that month, Mohd Yusof persuaded his nephew, then 24, to lie to the police.

On Dec 4 that year, he accompanied his nephew to give a false statement to the police.

Mr Muhammad Norzaid subsequently told his cousin, a special constable, about what had really happened and was advised to tell the truth.

He was eventually fined $4,000 for giving a false statement to a public servant.

Mohd Yusof, who has four children and six grandchildren, could have been jailed up to seven years and/or fined for intentionally perverting the course of justice.

For the driving offence, he could have been fined up to $2,000 or jailed for up to six months.

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