Speeding biker offers guilty plea after denying charge for almost two years
A MOTORCYCLIST from Cornwall escaped jail yesterday after admitting speeding at 150mph on his Kawasaki sportsbike in Devon.Earlier this year, Visordown reported the news of Oliver Marriot, 21, from Saltash, who was caught by a mobile speed camera on the A38 near Plymouth in December 2008.
Initially, Mr Marriot planned to challenge the speeding charge on the grounds the Police's equipment was inaccurate but yesterday (Monday) at Plymouth Crown Court he changed his plea, admitting dangerous driving and having no insurance.He was jailed for 23 weeks - suspended for two years - and ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid community work. Marriot was also banned from driving for two years.Admitting to the court was an inexperienced rider, Marriot was caught speeding on a Kawasaki ZX-636 just two weeks after passing his test.Judge Francis Gilbert QC said the speeding was the "worst of any case in any court in the West Country".
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 11:38
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 12:15
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 12:40
" A MOTORCYCLIST from Cornwall escaped jail yesterday after admitting speeding at 150mph on his Kawasaki sportsbike in Devon."
No He DIDN'T!
He "admitting dangerous driving and having no insurance.!"
Never let the facts get in the way of a good headline!
He was well and truely stitched up. He did not do 150mph! You can't brake to 70 in under 2 seconds from 150. His speed could have been easily measured in terms of time and distance and was estimated at 89mph.
So he was jailed for doing 89 mph!
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 12:44
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 13:36
Sorry mikepryterch, cannot agree with that one.
Just do it where you are not likely to be caught. I guess he will have learnt that lesson now.
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 13:57
150 miles per hour with the van halfway in his lane? Interesting.
America is having all sorts of questions regarding both red light and (newly acquired) speed cameras. Anytime a defendant takes the case to court it is usually thrown out due to astonishing inaccuracies and failure of a licensed police officer to actually witness the infraction (photos are considered heresay evidence except in cases of a felony charge).
I believe the defendant changed his plea not because he did or did not do it, but because his attorney said the possibility of losing a jury trial always exists, but a plea bargain is a guarantee.
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 14:12
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 14:21
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 14:53
Rob B: simplifying slightly, this is GCSE physics: kinetic energy = 1/2 mv squared.
Assuming a point mass for shits and giggles, 175kg bike at 150mph = something very approximately like 392,787 joules.
A 1500kg mid sized car travelling at the dual carriageway legal limit of 70 mph gives a rough figure of 739,429.
Although energy increases based on the square of speed, the car is so much heavier that the energy delivered to what it hits is likely to be far greater, even at a much lower velocity. In fact, the car on that road would likely be doing 80, so you do the math.
The lesson is, if you have a choice between being rear-ended by a flying squaddie on a sportsbike or a careless fucker in a 5 series playing with the radio, you are far better off choosing the squaddie.
This raises the fairly obvious question of why the car drivers you will see every day driving in a deliberately careless manner (looking down to play with the radio or aircon, changing lane without a proper signal, failing to keep a safe following distance) are not threatened with a 6 month stretch?
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 15:19
There is no way that this can possibly be 150 mph! Watch the video in this link:
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 16:21
funny the speed camera seems to have 150 up on the screen so either the equipment is not correctly calibrated, or all of you spanners claiming he is not doing 150 truly are spanners. who the fuck gets down behind the screen to do 89MPH???
anyways mikeprytherch is so right, keep ya speed on the track. fair enough every biker goes over the speed limit now and again, i was caught doing 90 on a motorway, but there is absolutely no need to do 150MPH on the highway, its completely mindless and unnecessary and like the other bloke said, it makes us all look bad. save ya speed for the track.
anyways anyone can go fast in a straight line, just point and squirt. i'd be shocked if he had any know-how on how to tackle a corner, just like the other riders who seem to think that doing 150MPH on the road is acceptable.
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 16:50
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Posted: 03/08/2010 at 17:53
by jove i think youve solved it, good work mr A. Guest i watched the link and its so obvious this is another media scare story, isnt it sad how many bikers turn on their own without looking at the evidence first! Are these people really bikers that never break the law, nor take chances. Im ashamed to think so many of my so-called brothers steam right in behind the police every time like brain-dead sheeple. The police themselves are pretty adept at breaking laws when the want. The pigs! watch again sheeple
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 18:08
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 18:18
FWIW, also agree with Messrs Guest and Corleone - there's no way on God's good earth that he was doing 150mph.
And yes Mr Sradman, some people do get behind the bubble as "slow" as 89mph - unlike those of us who are too fat to get down at speeds considerably faster than that...
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 18:36
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 18:48
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 19:53
"admitting dangerous driving and having no insurance.!"
Having no insurance is in my opinion a much worse offence than most speeding, even near speeds of '150mph'.
An accident at below the speed limit can leave victims with dramatic permanent injuries.
He's a twat for riding his sports bike around with no insurance. Nuff said.
Oh, and braking in two seconds, you can be doing much higher than 89 to get to 70, it's not a bicycle.
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 23:02
Posted: 03/08/2010 at 23:16
Having watched the video I have to agree. 90mph is much closer to the truth and no way is it 150.
My understanding is the laser will only give a true reading on a flat surface - therefore a number plate - and you can see where the laser is pointing from the cross hairs in the video. It's all over the place.
Shouldn't have pleaded guilty.
That said, according to the newspaper article he only had a licence for a 25KW bike and he'd only passed two weeks before. With that level of inexperience it was probably only a matter of time before he had a biggie.
Doesn't make it right though.
Posted: 04/08/2010 at 12:04
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