Driving lies ruin ex-footballer’s coaching career

BEHIND BARS ... David Borley, pictured during his time at Hebburn Town.
BEHIND BARS ... David Borley, pictured during his time at Hebburn Town.

A FORMER South Tyneside footballer has seen his coaching career go up in smoke after he was jailed for telling a pack of lies in a bid to get away with a speeding charge.

David Borley, an ex-player for Hebburn Town and Jarrow Roofing, was caught driving at 101mph on the A69 in September last year, but he tried to pin the blame on an unwitting acquaintance and another man.

Vigilant police officers found holes in the story, and the 30-year-old, now a self-employed coach involved in a schools football programme, admitted he was just making matters worse for himself.

He pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice, as well as a string of driving offences, and was jailed for eight months at Newcastle Crown Court in July.

Yesterday, the case reached the Court of Appeal as Borley, once a League Two footballer for Bury, challenged the 12-month driving ban he was also given because, he said, it would end his career in youth football coaching.

The London court heard that he had given a false name when he was caught speeding, claiming he was Christopher Lumsden, a real person living in Killingworth, North Tyneside.

He then intercepted court papers, filling out documents in Mr Lumsden’s name and saying that the driver behind the wheel was another man.

His lies began to unravel when he bumped into a police officer who recognised him as the man who was stopped speeding.

Borley, of Hawkes Edge, West Moor, North Tyneside, admitted the game was up when, during a phone call to the police, again pretending to be someone else, the officer recognised his voice.

His lawyers argued on appeal that a 12-month ban was too tough.

Dismissing his appeal, Mr Justice Henriques and Mr Justice Blake said the ban would have a severe effect on Borley but disqualification was justified.

Borley this time admitted speeding and driving without insurance and with defective tyres.

He had previous convictions for driving while uninsured and without an MoT certificate.

Mr Justice Henriques: “We fully appreciate that the effect of this sentence is to inhibit the appellant from finding employment upon release from custody. It is, however, a natural consequence of his attitude to road traffic legislation.”

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