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Woman takes rap over her brother's offence.

A woman took the blame when her brother was caught speeding.

Julie Lee was the registered keeper of a Nissan, snapped doing 65mph on a 50mph road in Newcastle.

Her younger brother had been behind the wheel, the city's Crown Court heard.

But Lee said she had been driving, accepted three points on her licence and paid the pounds 60 fixed penalty fine.

The con was only uncovered by chance when the Nissan was later sold and involved in an accident, the court heard.

Lee, 33, of Biggs Gardens, Wallsend, was given a community order with 150 hours unpaid work and pounds 450 costs after admitting perverting justice.

"There are really serious consequences for taking the rap for someone else," Judge Michael Cartlidge told her.

"On another occasion the court may say that does cross the custody threshold."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Geographic Code:9JAPA
Date:Aug 25, 2006
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