A North Oxfordshire man has been jailed for 12 months after his web of lies to get out of a speeding fine led to an Interpol investigation.
Christopher Henry, 52, of Church Road in Weston-on-the-Green near Bicester, was branded a ‘fantasist’ akin to ‘Walter Mitty’ by the judge during his sentencing at Winchester Crown Court on May 9.
Henry was driving his ex-wife’s Freelander when he was caught speeding by a mobile camera van on the A343 in Hampshire in February 2016.
Rather than accept a £100 fine and three points, Henry embarked on an extraordinary trail of deceit.
He intercepted the speeding ticket in his ex-wife’s post where the Freelander was registered and completed the paperwork in her name claiming a French man, living at his address, was the driver and new owner.
Paperwork was sent to the fictional French national before being promptly returned to police claiming a man on the Isle of Lewis called George Harris was actually the driver.
Officers found no record of either man and contacted Interpol who found the name given was that of a wax museum in Paris and the address was a nearby hotel.
They then spoke to the Isle of Lewis post mistress who knew nothing of a Mr Harris, Mr Musee or Christopher Henry.
Investigations found fingerprints on the original paperwork belonging to Henry and not his ex-wife.
The Frenchman’s name had also been given to Avon and Somerset Police when an Audi TT registered to Henry was caught speeding in August 2016.
Police retrieved voice recordings of him calling the AA out on to two separate occasions when he broke down in the Freelander despite denying he had any access to the vehicle.
Henry also provided false dates of sale to DVLA, set up false email accounts and doctored emails from insurers in a bid to cover his tracks.
The jury took 40 minutes to find him guilty of all three counts of perverting the course of justice.
Henry appealed his £800 fine and six points but the case was upheld doubling the fine to £1,600 and he was disqualified for three months.