Former special constable jailed for perverting the course of justice

A former special constable has been jailed for six months for perverting the course of justice after a two day trial at Birmingham Crown Court.

Nikki Clarke, from Birmingham, had denied that she lied about a speeding ticket to protect her boyfriend, who was disqualified from driving.

In July 2015 the 35-year-old’s black Lexus activated a speed camera on Yardley Wood Road doing 38 miles per hour in a 30 speed limit. Clarke claimed she was driving the car on the fixed penalty notification form sent to her, but ignored subsequent correspondence.

She also failed to attend court following a postal summons alleging she had never received it. She was found guilty in her absence after failing to attend a further hearing in March 2016.

At this point Clarke began to query the evidence and said it could not have been her driving the car as she had been at work all day with the only set of keys.

But ultimately an image of the offending vehicle taken by the camera showed the driver clearly as Clarke’s ex-partner, who did not hold a UK driving licence and was actually disqualified from driving.

Clarke then alleged that she was a victim of domestic abuse and had reported this several times to police, refusing to give evidence against her ex as she was scared of him. However a search of police systems reveals no such reports.

Clarke was found guilty on 14 February and sentenced on Wednesday 8 March.