Man prosecuted for giving a false name

Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66
Derry's Courthouse on Bishop Street. 3003JM66

A man who gave a false name to police when he was stopped for drink driving has had a three month sentence suspended for two years.

Dang Yu, of Culmore Road, pleaded guilty with perverting the course of justice and driving whilst disqualified between January and April 2009.

Derry Crown Court heard the 37-year-old was arrested for drink driving in January 2009 and gave police a false name.

He was then prosecuted and disqualified from driving under this false name.

Yu was stopped again in April 2009 for speeding and this time gave his correct details, it was then discovered he had been previously prosecuted under a different name.

The 37-year-old was interviewed in relation to this and claimed he gave the false name because he was drunk and confused.

He also told officers he had informed his solicitor at the time that he had given false name, however he said she advised him to say nothing.

There was no interpreter in court and his English was ‘pretty poor’.

It was revealed to the court this solicitor is no longer practising and received a prison sentence for dishonesty offences.

Judge Philip Babington told the 37-year-old ‘offences like this normally result in immediate imprisonment’ but in light of the circumstances he would suspend this sentence. He also fined Yu £100.