01:44AM, Wednesday 19 February 2014
A car-clocking investigation ended with a motor dealer being hauled before magistrates.
Shakeel Awan, 48, of Grenfell Road, Maidenhead, has been ordered to do 90 hours of community service and told to pay £2,495 compensation and £1,460 costs after selling a car that had been ‘clocked’ to a student from Birmingham.
Awan admitted three trading standards offences under the Fraud Act at Slough Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
The court heard how Awan, owner of Valley Trading, in Malvern Road, Furze Platt, sold a VW Golf in November 2012 and failed to say the mileage of 93,000 was incorrect. It was actually more than 150,000 miles.
The court heard that, although Awan had not doctored the mileage reading himself, he knew the true number and failed to alert the customer.
Cllr Carwyn Cox, Royal Borough cabinet member for environmental services, said: “The bench took the matter very seriously – repeatedly reminding Mr Awan that he could well have gone to prison for the offences concerned.”
A murder investigation has been launched by Thames Valley Police’s Major Crime Unit following an incident in Bourne End.