A MAN who twice lied about his name to police has been handed a suspended sentence for perverting the course of justice.

Garry Bugg, of Oaklands, Leavenheath, was pulled over on October 7 and reported for two offences due to the poor condition of the car he was driving.

However, the person whose details he used received a notice from police and queried the incident with the police.

On October 20, officers again stopped a vehicle Bugg was driving. He once again gave false details.

Enquiries at the scene established his real identity and he was arrested.

Bugg, 21, appeared at Southend Magistrates' Court in April to face two counts of committing an act or series of acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice, driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence, no insurance and making off without payment.

He pleaded guilty to making off without payment and was fined a total of £172 for this offence.

He also admitted committing an act or series of acts with intent to pervert the course of public justice and was sent to Basildon Crown Court for sentencing, where both counts were combined to one.

On Monday he was sentenced to a suspended prison sentence of two years, 300 hours of unpaid work and 60 days rehabilitation activity requirement days for the offence.

He must also pay costs of £535.

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No further action was taken at magistrates' court for the offences of driving without a licence or insurance.

PC Jonathan McDonald, of the Roads Policing Unit at Stanway, said: "This is a case where someone who thought they could evade justice by giving us false details, proves to others in Essex that we will find you and bring you to justice."