Offence: attempting to pervert the course of justice.
Mr Cookson was a passenger in a vehicle driven by a friend, Mr Pyke. The pair were involved in a traffic incident which led to Mr Pyke being breathalysed and subsequently charged with traffic offences.
Mr Cookson signed a false statutory declaration and also lied under oath in the Magistrates’ Court that he was the driver of the vehicle.
Mr Cookson pleaded guilty to one charge of attempting to pervert the course of justice contrary to Common Law.
In sentencing Mr Cookson, His Honour Judge Higham gave effect to the sentencing principles of deterrence, denunciation and just punishment. He also had regard to a range of sentencing factors.
Mr Cookson was convicted and sentenced to serve a Community Corrections Order for a period of 24 months and to perform 150 hours of unpaid community work.