Student jailed for taking car without consent and driving it whilst disqualified

15/03/2012

Student Christopher Buscari took a friend's girlfriend's car without her permission because he wanted to go for a job interview.

Buscari, 20, was stopped driving a Renault Megane in Middlefield Road, Hoddesdon because he was not wearing a seat belt.

Geoffrey Porter, for the Crown Prosecution Service, told St Albans Crown Court that Buscari gave the police a false name. When checks were made it was found that he was a disqualified driver.

The 2nd year undergraduate at Greenwich University told the officers he had borrowed the car because he was going to an interview for a part time job. He said: "I was just trying to do the right thing. I was going for an interview for a job."

Mr Porter said the car belonged to Kishanne Smith, who was a learner driver. Her boyfriend was insured on the car and was allowed to drive it. On 09 February 2012, the boyfriend allowed Buscari to drive the vehicle on the condition that he got insurance - something he would not have been able to obtain because he was a banned driver.

Buscari formerly of Stapleford Willan Road, Tottenham, now of Holmesdale Road, Thornton Heath, South London appeared for sentence having admitted taking a vehicle without consent, disqualified driving, having no insurance and obstructing an officer on 10 February this year.

In June last year he had been sentenced to 51 weeks in jail suspended for 18-months and ordered to complete 120 hours unpaid work by Wood Green Crown Court for dangerous driving, having no licence and no insurance.

Defence barrister Sarah O'Kane said: "He took a foolish risk." She said he had moved away from his old address to south east London where he now lives with his girlfriend and their 3-year-old child. She said he mentors at a school in Tottenham and is also studying Human Resources at the University where he has been achieving 2:1 grades.

Judge Stephen Warner sentenced him to a total of 57-weeks detention; 6-weeks for taking the car and disqualified driving plus the 51-weeks of the suspended sentence. He also banned him from driving for a year.

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