Two men have admitted lying to police after a supercar crashed into a shop front in Westminster.
Talal Alkassab, from Kensington admitted to conspiracy to pervert the course of justice at Southwark Crown Court on Tuesday (March 14).
Diyaa Lababidi, from Paddington, had admitted the same offence at a separate hearing on December 22.
The pair had tried to cover up their actions after a Lamborghini Gallardo crashed into a shops in Westminster, in July 23 2015, police said.
The car had crashed into the frontage of shops in Woodstock Street at around 12.15am, also careering into several street bollards and causing damage worth close to £100,000.
CCTV footage showed the car had driven up Woodstock Street before accelerating and colliding with the building at speed.
Two people then got out and the vehicle remained in situ until it was recovered around three hours later.
Police were called to the scene at 7.30am.
After extensive enquiries Alkassab, 39 and from Holland Park Road, and Lababidi, a 33-year-old from Peninsula Apartments in Praed Street, were arrested.
Alkassab had hired the Lamborghini shortly before the crash on July 22, 2015.
He later told police an unknown customer at the nearby cafe where he worked had taken the keys to the car without his knowledge and crashed the vehicle while parking it.
After various text messages were uncovered between Alkassab and Lababidi, Alkassab eventually admitted to police his friend Lababidi had been driving.
Both were charged with conspiracy to pervert the course of justice.
Lababidi had also been charged earlier in the investigation with driving offences, appearing at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on February 2 2016 where he pleaded guilty to driving without due care and attention, failure to report a road traffic collision, having no insurance and driving a motor vehicle otherwise than in accordance with a licence.
He received an eight-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months for failing to report the collision and was disqualified from driving for six months for driving without insurance. His licence was also endorsed for driving without due care and attention and driving without a licence.
Lababidi was ordered to pay £714.13 compensation to Westminster Council for damage to bollards, as well as £85 prosecution costs and an £80 victim surcharge.
Charges of attempted insurance fraud were left to lie on file for Alkassab.
The pair will be sentenced on April 11, and PC Colin Moore, from Westminster Police, said: “Alkassab and Lababidi were not only involved in a serious collision that caused thousands of pounds worth of damage but Alkassab then lied to police over a considerable period of time, protracting our enquiries and delaying the matter in coming to court.
“I am pleased they have finally been held accountable for their actions and, with summer approaching, I hope this case sends a message to those who drive such vehicles about the responsibilities that come with that and the efforts police will take to tackle their anti-social use.”
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