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Tack) driver freed

30th May 1996, Page 10
30th May 1996
Page 10
Page 10, 30th May 1996 — Tack) driver freed
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by Jeff Weaver • Long distance driver Gordon Hacker, who drove hundreds of miles when he should have been resting, has been freed from jail.

Gloucester Crown Court ruled Hacker was less to blame than his boss for a sophisticated tachograph scam. He was a junior partner in this—he did not realise any profit other than helping his employer,said Mark llollier, defending.

Hacker, 28. of Alicott Crest, Warminster, won his appeal against a three-month jail term for four offences under the Forgery and Counterfeiting Act. Judge Simon Darwall-Smith said: "We take the view that there was not sufficient disparity between the sentence you received and the sentence your employer received. Because of your position we feel a custodial sentence did not have to be passed in this case."

The court heard that his former employer, Andrew Bennett, co-owner of hauliers A&S Bennett Transport of Sandyleaze, Glos, had also been sentenced to three months for similar offences.

Hacker's sentence was an to 120 hours community service.

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