Driver caught up in court list coincidence bids to ‘clear name’

Private Hire driver David Martland

Private Hire driver David Martland

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A WIGAN business owner caught up in a case of mistaken identity has moved to “clear his name” following a crime mix-up.

Private hire driver David Martland has been inundated with calls after a namesake appeared in the Observer’s Magistrates Court round-up last week.

I know it’s hardly crime of the century but I have been having calls about it and people have been contacting my mum as well

David Martland

Adding to the confusion, David’s namesake lives on a street he himself used to live on for many years and is a similar age.

Although the “other” David Martland appeared for dropping a cigarette butt, David said the article has been causing him a deal of strife.

He said: “I know it’s hardly crime of the century but I have been having calls about it and people have been contacting my mum as well.

“My mum thought it was me and I had been keeping it from her - I had to assure her it wasn’t me.

“It’s not a major crime but you still don’t want people thinking you’ve got something on your record.”

The 52-year-old dad of two operates DJM Travel, an airport transfer service, and said he wanted to clear up the issue so it does not affect his business.

David, of Rivington Drive, Up Holland, said: “The first I knew about it was when a friend sent me a message saying ‘you know they have ash-trays in cars nowadays’ and I had no idea what he was on about.

“And then I was getting calls and messages asking what had I been getting up to?

“I eventually got my hands on a copy of the paper and I couldn’t believe it; same name, 51 not 52 and I used to live on Tower Hill Road for about 34 years.”

And adding even further to David’s namesake confusion, he recently picked up a customer from Orrell also named David Martland.

He said: “This customer had been passed on my number so I arranged the pick-up and asked for the name.

“When he said David Martland, I said ‘you’re joking aren’t you?’”