Fine for student who used a stolen disabled badge to park

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USING a stolen blue disabled badge to park has earned one driver a hefty fine.

Mithulan Thavathevahas been given a £500 fine and was ordered to pay prosecution costs of £1,362 for using the badge, pictured on his BMW right, to park in front of a University of Portsmouth building in Cambridge Road while he attended lectures.

I hope you have learnt now, dishonesty doesn’t pay

Robert Hill

Portsmouth City Council prosecuted the case against the 21-year-old at Portsmouth Crown Court.

Thavatheva pleaded guilty to fraud for using the badge, which was reported stolen in 2013.

The court heard how Thavatheva was of previous good character, and was protecting a friend who gave him the badge to use.

Assistant judge advocate Robert Hill told Thavatheva, of Wolsey Road, Harrow: ‘You are a graduate of Portsmouth University, and now know how dishonesty ends up if you indulge in it.

‘I hope you have learnt now, dishonesty doesn’t pay.’

Traffic and transportation cabinet member Councillor Ken Ellcome praised the prosecution, and said: ‘It’s a good result for disabled people.

‘People abusing the blue badge bring it into disrepute and the genuine disabled miss out.’