Dead man found guilty of offence

Gwen Stanley with a picture of her brother Kevin Parratt

Gwen Stanley with a picture of her brother Kevin Parratt

First published in News

A police investigation has started after it emerged that a Bradford businessman convicted last week of failing to identify a driver caught speeding in his car had died six months before the offence was committed.

Kevin Parratt, 70, suffered a fatal heart attack while on holiday in Jordan on February 17, 2013.

But a year to the day later, Mr Parratt, of Moorfield Road, Bingley, was convicted by Bradford and Keighley magistrates of failing to provide information about the driver of a Jaguar car, still registered in his name, who was caught speeding in Thornton Road, Bradford, on August 8 last year.

The case, heard in the defendant’s absence, resulted in a £600 fine, £80 costs and a £60 victim’s surcharge.

Mr Parratt’s shocked sisters contacted the authorities after reading about their dead brother’s conviction in the Telegraph & Argus. West Yorkshire Police have now begun a probe into how the case ended up in court.

Zafar Iqbal, operations manager for the West Yorkshire Casualty Reduction Partnership, said: “We will now be looking at this matter in more detail to establish if any offences have occurred.”

One of Mr Parratt’s sisters, Gwen Stanley, 73, of Heaton, said: “My sister Joyce and I have both been very upset since we saw it in the paper. Kevin died exactly a year ago to the day of the court case.

“The T&A carried an obituary on him because he was a such a popular man – a keen golfer, Bradford Bulls fan and he used to compere boxing matches.”

A spokesman for the magistrates’ court told the T&A no legal paperwork, including files from the DVLA, suggested Mr Parratt had died..

A DVLA spokesman said although there was nothing in law to force people to tell it of a relative’s death, it was considered a duty.

Mr Iqbal, of the Casualty Reduction Partnership, said: “When the case is heard at court, the court contacts the DVLA to establish a driver’s licence record. As the DVLA had not been informed of Mr Parratt’s death, then we had no way of knowing from our systems that he had passed away.”

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree