Two Qatari Naval Officer Cadets Fined £13,000 And Given 99 Points For Speeding

Newton Abbott Magistrates Court recently fined 2 Qatari service personnel, who were based at Britannia Royal Naval College, after they committed a total of 25 speeding offences between them in the space of one month.

Britannia Royal Naval College (BRNC), commonly known as Dartmouth, is the naval academy of the United Kingdom and the initial officer training establishment of the Royal Navy.

Foreign Navies often send their trainee officers to BRNC as it is renown for its impeccable training and extremely high standards.

Al-Ishaq was fined £7810, ordered to pay £77 victim surcharge and  £85 costs, given 61 points and disqualified from driving for 4 years, the second more ‘lenient’ sentence given to Al-Mahmoud was only £4810, ordered to pay £77 victim surcharge and  £85 costs, 38 points and disqualified from driving for four years.

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On 5th June 2018 the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership, captured 2 internationally registered Black Mercedes AMG sportscars exceeding the speed limit on the A385 Ashburton Road, coming out of Totnes.

There quickly followed a series of offences in Plymouth, with one driver, Tameem Mohammed Al-Ishaq  recorded at 53 mph on Royal Parade in Plymouth (posted speed limit is 30 mph) on the camera right next to a busy pedestrian crossing, plus several in the high 50’s low 60’s along the A374 Embankment.

In total 15 offences were committed by the officer cadets.

The second Mercedes, driven by Ahmed Al-Mahmoud  racked up another 10 speeding offences of a similar speed, including  97mph in a 70 limit on the A38.

It was soon established that the vehicles had been imported directly from Qatar after enquiries were made by various agencies into the registration details of the cars.

Police National Computer markers were placed on both vehicles nationally and it soon became apparent that offences had also been captured for both vehicles outside of Devon & Cornwall, but Devon & Cornwall remained as the lead investigators.

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The vehicles were stopped in the West Midlands and London by the police and initial addresses provided proved to be out of date or false.

Subsequent enquiries between the Ministry of Defence in London and the Qatar Embassy, resulted in both drivers being identified as international students at Britannia Royal Naval College.

A statement by the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership said:

‘The Commanding Officers at Britannia Royal Naval College cannot be faulted in the assistance they provided the Police, it was one of the first cases the new No Excuse Team became involved in, full access was provided and all of the 25 Notices of Intended Prosecution were hand served on the 2 International Naval Officers.

‘The Royal Navy also dealt with both officers under their own disciplinary code.

‘Both students accepted their Notices, but then went down the ‘Loop Hole’ lawyer route employing the services of a London firm specialising in such issues.

‘Neither turned up for the first court hearing so confident where they in their Lawyers.

‘Despite their not guilty pleas, both were found guilty in the absence, and sentencing was adjourned from Bodmin magistrates Court on 27th November 2018 to Newton Abbott Magistrates Court for disqualification on 1st February 2019. 

‘Both were again instructed by the Court to attend, but choose not to, a decision they may now regret given the severity of their fines and disqualification period’.

Marcus Laine, the Operations Manager for the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership stated:

 ”This investigation demonstrates that it does not matter where you are from, how privileged a background you may come from, you are not above the law.

“The fines, points and disqualification periods imposed by the Magistrates absolutely reflects the dim view taken by the bench and the partnership towards excessive and persistent speeders”.  

All of the roads where these offences have taken place have had serious and fatal collisions in the past, according to the Peninsula Road Safety Partnership.

A spokesperson for the PRSP continued:

‘Driving through Plymouth City Centre and in particular Royal parade at almost twice the speed limit, any member of the public that had been involved in a collision with this pair would have most likely resulted in a death.

‘Had we not identified them as quickly as we did and let it be known that such driving behaviour would not be tolerated, I’m sure we would have been dealing with at least one fatality, either the drivers or an innocent member of the public.

‘We would like to thank the Royal Navy for their exemplary assistance in this matter, even post-conviction the Commanding Offices of Britannia Naval College have offered their assistance to the Court with regard to fine correspondence and ensuring it reaches its intended destination, now that the students are no longer at the College’.

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One comment

  • Should have been further prosecuted for being in contempt of court, confiscation of the cars and then deported, as well as receiving their fines.

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