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Man sentenced for perverting the course of justice


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A garage owner who tried to cover his tracks after a client's car was involved in the death of a motorcyclist has been jailed for three years.

Liviu Cojan, 33 (18.10.80), of Melksham Drive, Romford, was found guilty of two counts of perverting the course of justice and sentenced at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Friday, 10 October 2014.

On Friday, 9 November 2012 at 16:54 hours, Martin Pullin was killed following a collision between his motorcycle and a Renault Laguna estate on the A12, junction with Rise Park Boulevard, Romford. A second motorcyclist was also involved, suffering minor injuries.

Mr Pullin, 42, died at the scene from serious head injuries. The driver of the Renault failed to stop at the scene and drove off eastbound on the A12.

Officers from the MPS Roads and Transport Policing Command Serious Collision Investigation Unit led enquiries and traced the Renault Laguna car to the registered owner who told them his vehicle had been in Cojan’s car repair garage since 7 November 2012.

Cojan was arrested on 5 March 2013 and later charged on 18 February 2014.

During the trial, the court heard that the owner of the Renault had taken it to Cojan for repairs after the vehicle broke down. On 9 November 2012 he received a phone call from Cojan stating that his car was ready to be picked up, after it had been taken for a test drive to check it was running ok.

Later that afternoon the owner was contacted by Cojan telling him not to collect the car as it had been in a crash with a motorcycle. Cojan then visited the owner and told him that he would not be getting the vehicle back. He took all the vehicle documents for the Renault, paid the owner £700 compensation and intimated that if the police were to ever ask him about the car, he should say somebody had borrowed it.

The jury agreed Cojan then either disposed or helped dispose of the vehicle.

Cojan was found not guilty of death by careless/inconsiderate driving.

+ Cojan was originally charged with:

Causing death by careless driving
Causing death by driving a vehicle - driver unlicensed
Causing death by driving a vehicle - driver uninsured
Commit an act/ series of acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice

These charges were amended at court to:

Causing death by careless driving
Two counts of perverting the course of justice