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Haverhill mother and son told they could go to prison after they admit they tried to pervert the course of justice

A mother and son were warned they could face jail after pleading guilty to intending to pervert the course of justice following a road crash in Saffron Walden.

Roberta Lolley, 54, and Gareth Lolley, 23, who lived at Wood Hall, Arkesden at the time, and now both live in Lowry Close, Haverhill, appeared before a judge at Chelmsford Crown Court on Monday but will have to wait until the new year to discover their fate.

However, Judge Charles Gratwicke told them: “This is clearly a serious offence and all sentencing options remain open.”

Roberta Lolley. Contributed picture
Roberta Lolley. Contributed picture

His warning means that jail sentences are one of the options. And, as he adjourned sentence until after January 6 he warned them not to be ‘under any illusions’.

Both are jointly charged with one offence of doing an act intending to pervert the course of public justice between April 9 and August 20 this year.

It is said they falsely reported to police that Roberta Lolley was driving in the early hours of April 9 and that the car was struck by an unknown red vehicle which left the scene.

It is further stated that they made a false report to an insurance company which was passed to police.

Gareth Lolley. Contributed picture
Gareth Lolley. Contributed picture

Gareth Lolley is further charged with careless driving in a Ford Eco Sport in East Street, Saffron Walden, on April 9.

At the earlier magistrates hearing the court heard he collided with a parked VW Transporter when looking at his mobile phone.

The prosecution said it would not continue prosecuting him for the offences of failing to report that accident and failing to stop.

The pair pleaded guilty to all charges.

Their barrister David Taylor, who is privately funded, told the judge both defendants were of previous good character and asked for pre-sentence reports to be prepared.