A woman who lied to police after her husband crashed her car at a Northampton supermarket has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Karen Revell, aged 33, went into Mereway Tesco at 6pm on December 23 last year and left husband Matthew with her Volkswagen Polo in the car park.
Despite only having a provisional licence, Mr Revell started the car, which then jumped forward and hit another vehicle in front. As the driver’s door was now blocked, he climbed into the passenger seat and got out, hitting a third car with the door.
At that point, Mrs Revell returned to the car and drove the pair away without leaving details.
Northampton Crown Court heard yesterday that the owner of the car that was damaged by the door witnessed the accident and told police.
But Revell lied to police on a form requesting the name of the driver, saying it was her.
She repeated the lie in an interview with officers in March but finally admitted the truth in a second interview a month later.
Consequently, she was charged with perverting the course of justice and allowing an uninsured person to drive her car, to which she pleaded guilty.
Sentencing Mrs Revell yesterday (Friday) Judge Lynn Tayton QC said that, although perverting the course of justice was very serious, the defendant’s learning difficulties were such that the sentence would be suspended.
You know this was a very serious offence. Any interference with justice is normally dealt by a prison sentence.
“But it is clear to me that you are someone who does not always understand the consequences of what you do.
“It is not in the public interest that you go immediately to prison.”
Mrs Revell, who is a Red Cross shop volunteer, was given a four-month sentence suspended for a year.
She was also ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work, fined £95 and given six points on her licence.
Mr Revell was dealt with separately for the driving offences.