A SALESMAN who cajoled his wife into falsely taking the rap for four speeding offences has been jailed by a judge.
Ian Roberts was facing a driving ban and the sack from his 'high-pressure' job when his company car was repeatedly snapped at excessive speed on the A38, Stafford Crown Court heard.
Each time he filled out paperwork naming the driver as his wife Jackie, who had never been caught speeding.
Three times the couple got away with it, but after a fourth offence in June 2012 and a fourth bogus report of his wife driving, they were found out.
Ian Roberts, 38, of Somerville Road, Alrewas, was jailed for six months after admitting four offences of perverting the course of justice.
His 43-year-old wife, who admitted four similar offences, was given four months, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid community work.
Judge Paul Glenn told Ian Roberts: "It beggars belief that you getting penalty points on precisely the same road again and again and again, you lied to your employers.
"You persuaded your wife to accept responsibility. Any suggestion you were naive I reject – this was calculated and persistent criminality.
"You knew what you were doing. You are responsible for your wife being in the dock with you."
To Jackie Roberts, he said: "You knew full well what you were doing was wrong. It really merits custody, but the impact on your young son, who is an innocent victim and losing both parents simultaneously, means the prison sentence can be suspended."
Paul Spratt, prosecuting, said Ian Roberts was working for the DHL haulage and delivery firm with a company car, and already had nine points on his licence from when he was caught speeding a further three times in May 2011, and faced losing his licence. He persuaded his wife to accept the penalty points.
The same thing happened in June 2012 and the situation may have gone undetected, but for the police contacting DHL on an unrelated traffic matter.
Mr Spratt said: "It led to an investigation of his driving record. That led to his arrest."
Roberts said he knew he would lose his job and in desperation asked his wife to accept the blame. By January this year the 'entire edifice' of their deception had crumbled and Roberts was sacked by the company.
Stuart Driver, defending, said: "Ian knows he is going to prison."