A LEARNER driver who barely spoke English tried to cheat on her theory test by hiding a Bluetooth headset under a specially made hijab, a court heard.
Hatice Sadir, 41, answered all the questions correctly but was rumbled by officials after the test because they were suspicious of her scarf and lack of language skills.
Prosecutor Rajesh Pabary said Sadir was caught at the Southwark Theory Test Centre on January 9 last year. He said Sadir had requested a ‘voiceover’ for the test — where questions are read aloud in English or Welsh for those with reading difficulties.
‘When she attended the centre she was wearing a big headscarf,’ said Mr Pabary.
‘She was recognised by a member of staff from two weeks before. On the previous occasion, she was not wearing a headscarf.
‘This, coupled with the fact that she spoke very little English, aroused suspicion. She answered the questions very fast and the test was successfully passed.’
After the test, Sadir was confronted by staff, City of London magistrates’ court heard. Mr Pabary said the receiver had connected her phone to a ‘facilitator’ who overheard and answered the questions.
Sadir, of Kidbrooke, south-east London, admitted using the device for fraud but refused to identify the facilitator. She was being charged £300 for the service.
Magistrate Jacqueline Jenkins sentenced Sadir to 20 weeks jail, suspended for a year, and fined her £2,115. She said: ‘There is a risk to other road users from someone who does not understand the rules and regulations of the road.’