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Two blue badge fraudsters in court as crackdown continues

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Two fraudsters who illegally used blue badges to park in H&F have been given community orders after appearing in court last month.

Javaad Asghari, 26, of Askew Road, Shepherds Bush, and Shem Haye, 34, of Heather Park Drive, Wembley, were prosecuted following two separate investigations by H&F’s parking team.

“This is another success for our parking team as continue to take a firm line against those who seek to abuse the system,” said Cllr Wesley Harcourt, H&F Cabinet Member for Environment.

“Genuine blue badge holders are free to park wherever they need to in our borough, so the strong sentences given by the judge in these two cases should serve as a good deterrent to anyone considering exploiting this service.”

Sentencing

Haye admitted fraud, but told the court he had given a lift to a friend who had provided the blue badge. He said this was left in the car, but he had intended to return to his friend.

However, District Judge Snow dismissed the existence of the friend as fiction and said use of the badge was deliberate.

Haye was given a 12-month community order, to do 80 hours’ unpaid work, and ordered to pay costs of £680 and an £85 surcharge.

Appearing the same day, Asghari admitted fraud, but said as a carer to his disabled mother, he would often be running late so used the badge to save time with parking.

District Judge Snow said those reasons did not justify using the badge, particularly over an 18 or 19 day period, and that Asghari needed to be better organised in his life.

He was given a six-month community order to include 60 hours of unpaid work, and ordered to pay £875 costs and £85 surcharge.

The defendants appeared in separate hearings at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 13 February.

Haye appealed against his sentence. The appeal was heard at Southwark Crown Court on 22 March where his sentenced was lowered from a community order to a £500 fine. The costs remained unchanged.

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