Laptop Richard Hammond, 36, was allegedly caught rushing on Tower Bridge in then-partner Vicky Courtis’s car as he drove dwelling from a shift as a specialist firearms officer.
Ms Courtis advised investigators on the time that she couldn’t make sure who was on the wheel however now claims that this was a part of a plot instigated by Hammond to pervert the course of justice.
Giving proof at Inside London crown courtroom, the drama trainer stated she and Hammond, who met via relationship app Tinder in 2017, had rekindled their romance after a brief break when the rushing incident occurred.
“He requested me to say I didn’t know who was driving,” she stated. “He stated if we are saying we don’t know who was driving, they might drop the prosecution. He stated he couldn’t take the factors — being a police officer you want a clear document of driving. We had simply received again collectively. He was form of saying, ‘when you love me you’ll do that’. In a while, it developed into, ‘you’ll take the factors — when you don’t I’ll lose my job and it will likely be your fault’. I used to be attempting to show to him that I did love him and would do this.”
Ms Courtis’s Fiat was caught rushing at 30mph in a 20mph zone at simply after 6am on August 26, 2018.
She stated she went via with Hammond’s suggestion to fake they didn’t know who had been driving, succeeding in making the prosecution “go away” amid confusion over who was on the wheel. However she subsequently reported Hammond to police on Valentine’s Day 2019, simply weeks after their romance had ended.
Prosecutor Obi Mgbokwere advised jurors Hammond was chargeable for “placing the police on a false path”.
Hammond, of West Kensington, denies acts tending and aspiring to pervert the course of justice. He was arrested whereas on a specialist driving course, and advised investigators Ms Courtis typically supplied to drive him to work.
“He stated they didn’t know between them who was driving the car on that day,” stated Mr Mgbokwere. The trial continues.