A medical student was branded “selfish” after fraudulently using a disabled badge in a Bradford car park.
Mohammed Rajput was told by magistrates yesterday that he “should be ashamed of himself” for using a blue badge to park in a disabled bay.
Bradford and Keighley Magistrates’ Court was told that the 21-year-old was studying medicine at university but that did not stop him using his 45-year-old mum’s disabled badge when he parked in Sharpe Street car park on October 3 last year. The court heard that Rajput went to Bradford Library and Nando’s before returning to the BMW car and going home.
Pleading guilty, Rajput, of Mount Road, Wibsey, said using the badge was a “genuine mistake” but that was dismissed by magistrates who pointed out that he had set the time on the badge accordingly.
Rajput, who had a letter of support from Councillor Sher Khan (Lab, Little Horton), told the court he had been to the library earlier the same day with his mother, before later returning alone and automatically parking in the same spot.
The chairman of the magistrates’ bench told Rajput: “It is selfish of you to do it and I wouldn’t call it a mistake. I am surprised your mother is not embarrassed by the whole affair.”
Rajput was fined £100 and ordered to pay £145 costs plus a £20 victims’ surcharge.