A businessman who gave the police the slip of his £ 405,000 Rolls-Royce Phantom said he had told his driver not to stop because he was having sex in the back seat with a woman who was not his wife, a court heard.
Maurice ‘Fred’ Sines, who owns a series of lucrative caravan parks, took the police on a hunt for the PGA golf tournament through the nearby exclusive Wentworth Estate.
The police started chasing Sines when they saw his car driving irregularly. During the chase, his car was on the wrong side of the road, went the wrong way on a roundabout, hit speeds of 60 km / h on 30 km / h roads and closely avoided a frontal collision.
Guildford Crown Court heard that there had been complaints about his behavior earlier in the day and that the police had arrived at the tournament to see him leave.
Maurice ‘Fred’ Sines and his wife enjoy a day out at the Dorchester Hotel in London
Maurice ‘Fred’ Sines depicted with a luxury car. Sines, who owns a series of lucrative caravan parks, took the police on a hunt for the PGA golf tournament through the nearby exclusive Wentworth Estate
His car was left in the area shortly after the chase had to be stopped due to problems with the police radio.
When officers finally caught up with him, he admitted that he was in the car, but that he was being driven by a driver he ordered not to stop because he “had a bird in his back,” and said he did not want to get caught because He recently returned with his wife.
However, when his case went to court, he was shown CCTV that he got in the car during the PGA tournament and admitted that he had driven while disqualified and turned his plea into guilty.
57-year-old Maurice ‘Fred’ Sines was given an eight-month two-year prison sentence today at Guildford Crown Court, in addition to a driving ban and £ 5,000 in fines
The 57-year-old, classified by the Criminal Assets Bureau, the Irish police charged with stripping criminals of their unlawfully obtained benefits because they are “connected to a larger organized crime network,” was handed eight months in prison for suspended for two years.
He had faced bars up to two years after the incident in Virginia Water, Surrey in May 2018.
Today (March 10) at the Guildford Crown Court, Sines was not only given a suspended sentence but also a two-year driving ban, a curfew with a three-month tag, sentenced to pay a fine of £ 5,000 and £ 4,200 to court fees.
He had admitted an accusation of dangerous driving.
Judge Robert Fraser said: “You have been remarkably foolish that someone of your years in life and life experiences has done what you did, that is an act of extreme foolishness and danger to other road users.
“The police were alerted, they went to the golf club and followed the police operation and followed the movements of your car.
“You went back to your house, drove back up your driveway, saw the police car, and of course disappeared quickly.
‘You then left the vehicle and arranged for your family members to pick you up.
“You denied that you were driving and brought forward what was clear and utterly a false story.
“Of course you pleaded guilty at an extremely late stage when you saw that further CCTV that made it perfectly clear to everyone what you said about the identity of a driver, was a lie.”
Attorney Daniel Sawyer said: ‘He was estranged from his wife for a number of years and returned to her for about a week.
“He said he had” a bird in the back “and told his driver not to stop because he didn’t want to get caught in that situation.”
The court heard how Sines would be severely affected by the punishment, while only managing and supervising the various caravan sites in the home countries and also taking care of his grandson who currently needs to be fed through a tube after a colitis operation.
Maurice ‘Fred’ Sines with a collection of luxury cars, including a Rolls-Royce, outside his house
Judge Fraser continued: “Your grandson, in particular, is clearly a major difficulty for your entire family because of its health problems.
‘I take your health into account and read the many letters from organizations and charities about your generosity.
“One of the two most important aggravating factors is the fact that you drove away quickly for obvious reasons – you didn’t want to get caught.
‘It is clear that this exceeds the custody threshold, I cannot avoid that. Because of your approach to this, because of your motive, this continued for a very long time because of the false story you have set up.
“There are many factors that make me think very well about suspending the sentence.
‘I am convinced to do this for a number of reasons. You are forced to accept and show regret. “
Stephen Pownall, soothingly, said to the court: “The biggest form of punishment will be his inability to drive a long time.”
“He’s a home-made man. He has, as you have seen, provided substantial amounts to charities and given his time and resources.
“He travels 2,000 miles a week because the sites he and others own that he oversees are in the provinces of the house and he had to visit them and every day he is unable to have an effect on it Success of his business because others cannot make the important decisions and supervise as he can alone. “
Sines confirmed that he no longer lived on the estate, formerly the home of Sir Bruce Forsyth, Sir Elton John, Sir Cliff Richard, golfer Thomas Bjorn and The Sultan of Brunei, now lives in a mobile home in his daughter’s house in Old Windsor , Berks.
He himself took the position where he expressed regret and stated that he panicked and fled officers for an investigation of his finances by HMRC and the police.
The investigation, in which officers would attempt to confiscate millions of pounds, has now ended.
He said: ‘I really regret what I did and am ashamed of myself.
‘I now live in a mobile home next to my daughter and grandson to help with my grandson’s illness.
“I saw it was a police car with the sirens behind me, I panicked.
‘I was under great pressure from the police and HMRC last year. They came to my house and arrested me and my family and wanted £ 50 million.
“The stress was very, very bad – mental and healthy.”
Sines is said to be a close associate of Thomas ‘Bomber’ Kavanagh, an alleged boss of the Irish Kinahan organized crime gang.
In 2011, he was banned from horse racing for 14 years after being found guilty of repairing various races in 2009 by the British Horseracing Authority.