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Car black box traps knife attacker

Police CrimeDaniel Paita, a 32-year-old from Kirkintilloch, has been jailed for 11 years, for a knife attack and attempted murder. There were no witnesses to the attack, but Paita was trapped by evidence from the black box in his car – which is commonly used by car hire firms and insurers. It’s a great victory for the technology.

Vehicle Tracker  Helps Jail The Attacker

Paita was driving a courtesy car provided by his insurer, after his own car had been involved in an accident. He didn’t realise there was a telematics black box fitted in the car when he drove to his victim’s house in Glasgow and attacked him.
There were no witnesses, but the black box put the car at the victim’s house at the time of the attack, and along with identification by the victim, it was enough to secure a conviction.

The evidence collected by the car had been passed onto the police by a motor anti-fraud team, the Asset Protection Unit – which works with police to reduce motor fraud. Neil Thomas, from The Asset Protection Unit, said: “It is extremely pleasing to have been an important cog in convicting an individual like this, it might never have happened at all had the device not been installed in his car.”
He added: “They are able to generate data about the inner workings of a vehicle but also show its location at any time, which is a great help to us, the police and victims if vehicles are used for criminal activity.”

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