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Professional Misconduct

Geraldine Louise Bowden


Address: Perth, Western Australia, Australia
Age: 69
Sex: Female
Occupation: School Teacher
Date: 31 July 2012


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Geraldine Louise Bowden was found guilty of attempting to pervert the course of justice after making false declarations to avoid penalties on 31 July 2012 at the District Court of Western Australia.


The accused repeatedly lied about who was driving her car when caught speeding.


Einfeld claimed his car had been driven by a woman who was later found to have died in a car crash three years earlier.


Bowden, who has been a teacher for 40 years and is currently taking stress and long service leave from her job at Leeming Senior High School.


She was caught speeding twice in June 2008 and in August of the same year listed an old school friend she knew lived in Tasmania as the driver of the car.


The friend had her credit rating affected as a result of the two unpaid fines and later provided her passport to police to prove she was out of the country at the time of the offences.


Bowden's lies initially went undetected and she made another false declaration after she was again caught speeding, this time blaming a fictitious person in Scotland.


On all three occasions she received letters from police because she had not provided enough information and made up addresses for the women she claimed had driven the car.


Bowden later told police she had lied because she could not afford the fines and did not want the demerit points because she drove the school bus, even though the points would not have affected her licence.


Judge Davis sentenced the accused to 18 months imprisonment with parole eligibility.