A man has been convicted of perverting the course of justice after trying to avoid prosecution for two years after his car was caught speeding at 104mph.

Philip Law, 34, from Danbury Road, Loughton, activated a speed camera in a 40mph zone whilst driving his Mercedes on the A127 in Leigh-on-Sea in June 2017.

Essex Police issued a notice to Law, where they received a response back giving the name and details of another man who was said to be the driver.

Attempts were made to trace him but he could not be found, and Law was voluntarily interviewed in January 2018.

He claimed he had allowed the other man to drive his car on the night it was caught speeding and that a passenger in the car could back up his account.

But the passenger said the 34-year-old was driving and there was no-one else in the car at the time.

Law was summonsed to appear at Basildon Magistrates’ Court in April 2018 to face a charge of perverting the course of justice.

He denied the charge and stood trial at Basildon Crown Court on Tuesday, May 28.

He was convicted by a jury on Monday, June 3 and sentencing has been adjourned until the week commencing Monday, July 1.