A man has “shot himself in the foot”, so to speak, after boasting his new Ferrari on social media by speeding in a 30mph zone. The man is a lottery fraudster who foolishly got his business partner to post a YouTube video of him.
The man driving the Ferrari is Neil Casson who claims to have bought the car with his National Lottery winnings. In the YouTube video, he boasts accelerating to 120mph in a 30mph zone in seven seconds.
He was jailed shortly after for breaking the law, and lying about his National Lottery win to the car dealership. He lied about winning over £1 million. His passenger and business partner is Kevin Moore, who later put the video on social media as an act of revenge after they had a falling out over a business agreement.
The police were tipped off by someone on social media about the video which showed 48-year-old Neil Casson slowing down his red Ferrari Spider outside a golf club. He put the car’s gearbox into race mode and accelerated into oncoming traffic on a narrow road reaching 102mph n seven seconds. At one point he also dangerously overtook a van over a bend.
Neil Casson was driving in Lytham, Lancashire. At the hearing, the footage was played at Blackpool Magistrates Court. The following were Neil’s words before speeding with the car: “Right we are stood still. I am putting it in race mode.” His business partner was filmed smiling as Neil broke the speed limit on the road.
You can hear the engine howling as Neil quickly changes gears. “That’s it a ton in seven seconds. How quick is that – quicker than ‘owt you have ever been in. I don’t like speeding in a 30mph limit but it keeps coming up speed limit exceeded,” said Neil. His partner responded with, “I am videoing you…Hell, that quick.”
Peter Bardsley is the prosecutor in the case, and he said that the police arrested Neil near Lancaster, for dangerous driving seen in the video. The police made it very clear to Neil that driving a car at that speed onto oncoming traffic meant that the other drivers’ lives were in jeopardy because they wouldn’t have had enough time to get out of the way had an accident occurred.
When Neil was questioned by police, he said: “I am used to driving high powered vehicles. I have had the Ferrari for a year. I gave it a bit of a blast and may have exceeded the limit. It was a bit fast but it was not dangerous, just normal. I am sure that video has been tampered with. Mr. Moore wanted money off me and he threatened to put it on YouTube.”
Another charge against Neil at high court has been that of his fraud against Ferrari Finance where he stated that he had won £1.24 million with the National Lottery when he actually only won £25 on a syndicate run by his local cricket club.
Neil faces ten weeks in prison given by District Judge Jeff Brailsford. “This was a big, fast, powerful car and the risk you created was enormous as you drove to impress the passenger. It was only by the grace of God that nothing happened,” explained Jeff.
The defence attorney, John Dodd, said, "It was some time after the date of the offence that the matter came to the attention of police when it was placed on YouTube. I do not accept that the video was doctored. My client was trying to impress Mr. Moore as they were both involved in some business transactions at the time. The phrase ‘boys with toys’ springs to mind. This is always going to be the sort of vehicle which attracts police attention. My client faces other matters involving fraud at the Crown Court, too, which he has already pleaded guilty and awaits sentencing.”
Neil has also been banned from the road for a duration of eighteen months. He lost his license and also needs to take a re-test if he ever wants to drive again legally.
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