Colchester man jailed for six weeks for speeding while banned from driving

Kevin Gill, 48, of Berefield Way, Colchester, was clocked speeding twice in two months in Mersea Roa

Kevin Gill, 48, of Berefield Way, Colchester, was clocked speeding twice in two months in Mersea Road (stock image) Picture: ARCHANT - Credit: Archant

A man has been jailed for six weeks after getting caught speeding twice in two months in Colchester while disqualified from driving.

Kevin Gill, 48, of Berefield Way, Colchester, was tracked down by officers from Essex Police after his Peugeot 206 activated speed cameras in Mersea Road on two occasions during April and May.

The first offence happened on Sunday, April 16, where the car was clocked going 37mph in a 30mph zone. The car was then caught travelling a 41mph ion a 30mph zone on Saturday, May 13.

Investigations revealed the registered driver had been disqualified from driving at the time of the offences due to ten previous convictions for driving while under the influence of alcohol.

Gill initially failed to respond to notices sent to his address so officers decided to pay him a visit,

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He appeared at Colchester Magistrates Court on Wednesday, October 11, after admitting to being the driver of the vehicle on both occasions.

At court he pleaded guilty to speeding, driving while disqualified and driving without insurance.

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He was sentenced to three weeks in prison for each driving offence, to run consecutively, was banned from the road for 18 months and ordered to pay a £115 victim surcharge.

Investigating officer Roy Keyes described Gill as a ‘prolific offender’.

“Drivers who are caught breaking the speed limit will be sent notices accordingly,” he said.

“These notices will not go away so ignoring them in the hope they will disappear will not work.

“This case is proof that we will act on any driver who does not wish to comply and in this instance a prison sentence was given for a prolific offender who thought he could get away with driving while also disqualified.

“Speeding costs lives so know your limits while on the road.”

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