Car dealer Sheriff Moftah lied after being caught driving at twice the limit in a Porsche 911
A car dealer named Sheriff thought he was above the law when he
drove at 146mph in a Porsche 911.
For after speeding on July 5 last year, Sheriff Moftah phoned
police in a panic the next day claiming the car's number plates had
Maidstone Crown Court heard Moftah, who runs Keyline Cars in
East Hill, Dartford, pleaded guilty to speeding and intending to
pervert the course of justice.
The 26-year-old was sentenced at Maidstone Crown Court earlier
The court heard how speed cameras clocked Moftah driving the
sports car (similar to the one pictured) at the breakneck
speed along the M25 in the early hours of July 5 last
The following morning, fearing he had been caught, he telephoned
police claiming the car's number plates had been stolen overnight
from an address in Swanley.
He also later claimed he had been a passenger in the car while
it was being taken for a test drive.
ANPR checks revealed the number plates had not been stolen and
on September 9 Moftah admitted he had lied.
Prosecutor Martin Yale, said Moftah, who lives with his parents
in Longfield, contacted police himself to own up to the
"He wanted to take the consequences rather than waste any more
police time," Mr Yale said.
Simon Butler, defending, said Moftah's business had an annual
turnover of £1m a year.
He had "panicked" and been "embarrassed" to initially own up to
"He had taken the wrong advice from friends," Mr Butler
The court heard Moftah, whose father is an orthopaedics surgeon
at Darent Valley Hospital, was of previous good character and had
no driving convictions.
Judge Philip St John-Stevens called the attempt to pervert the
course of justice "pernicious".
He said he accepted the offence was committed out of "panic and
"It was an act of misguided foolishness but doesn't in any way
underestimate what you've done."
Moftah was sentenced to 28 days' prison suspended for 12
He was fined £2,000, disqualified from driving for three months
and ordered to pay £200 costs.