Honesty lesson as pastor jailed

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MOTORISTS have been warned of severe penalties if they fail to respond honestly to speeding charges - after a Rotherham pastor was jailed.

Joao Mafuta, aged 42, a pastor at a Rotherham church, was jailed for two months after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice at Sheffield Crown Court.

He was recorded breaking the speed limit twice in November 2010 by speed cameras - but claimed he was abroad on both occasions.

Barry Smith, manager for the South Yorkshire Safety Camera Partnership, said: “Whilst the majority of drivers that are caught speeding will complete the paperwork honestly there are a number of drivers that do not.

“These cases are fully investigated and if found guilty of perverting the course of justice the driver is likely to receive a higher fine and more stringent penalty than if they had admitted to speeding in the first place.”