Driver pays lookalike to sit theory test after failing 18 times

Published Wednesday, Nov 6 2013, 19:00 GMT  |  By  |  Add comment
A learner driver was spared jail when he confessed to paying a lookalike hundreds of pounds to sit his driving theory test, after failing an incredible 18 times!

Quick-thinking staff at the exam centre uncovered the scam and refused entry after noticing 26-year-old Ali Mohammed's provisional license photo did not match the man who was about to take the test.

However, this isn't the first time Mohammed has used an imposter to sit his theory exam. Birmingham Crown Court heard that the dad-of-one paid another ringer back in 2007 – only for him to be revealed as a conman.

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Speaking in court, Recorder Edward Coke pointed out the dangers in a lack of driving theory: "It is a very serious offence because a full driving license is a very valuable document. Without the theory test, members of the public could be maimed or killed because of an ignorance of the theory of driving."

Mohammed's barrister, Nigel Stelling said: "He is a family man with commitments to a partner and child. He has resolved to sort his life out and has set up a business."

The luckless learner driver admitted fraud after telling police that his provisional license and debit card had been stolen. As a result, he received a nine-month suspended jail term and 200 hours community service.

Charlotte Sandlell

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