A restaurant owner who was caught speeding several times and tried to get four former employees to take the blame is now behind bars.

Mukith Rahman was picked up for eight separate offences on the A259 in Brighton and at the Dartford Tunnel approach road between January 2017 and April 2020.

He was sent a Notice of Intended Prosecution for breaking the speed limit on four occasions, and he replied nominating two different people.

After authorities failed to track down the pair, Rahman, 49, was interviewed voluntarily at at Shoreham Police Station in July last year and admitted he was responsible.

The Crown Prosecution Service asked police to do a bit more digging, and they discovered Rahman, from Peacehaven, East Sussex, had committed a further four offences where he had nominated two other people.

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He fully admitted to this and was subsequently charged with eight separate counts of perverting the course of justice.

Rahman appeared at Lewes Crown Court on March 30, pleaded guilty to all eight counts and was sentenced to eight months in prison.

The restaurant boss was convicted as part of Operation Pinocchio, launched by Sussex Police in 2016 to improve road safety.

The clampdown also aimed to prosecute offenders who provide false information in an attempt to avoid prosecution and to discourage drivers from speeding or running red lights.

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