Stephanie Hayward, prosecuting, secured a unanimous guilty verdict in less than an hour for perverting the course of justice.
The Defendant had given false details to Police after stealing from Tesco. He had used his brother’s name, and date of birth to secure a penalty notice. Had the Defendant given his real name to police, in view of his shoplifting record, he would have been arrested there and then and taken to the police station. The Prosecution case was that the Defendant used his brother’s clean record to evade prosecution. As a result of giving false details, the Defendant’s brother had to attend Uxbridge police station, providing identity documents to prove that he was not the Defendant, extract CCTV of the original incident from Tesco and attend a Magistrates’ Hearing to clear his name. Once the police were informed that the Defendant was falsely providing his brother’s details to police, protective markers were placed on the Defendant’s brother’s name. It was subsequently discovered that the Defendant had on a previous occasion evaded prosecution by giving his brother’s name to a TFL revenue inspector for failing to provide a valid bus ticket. The Defendant will be sentenced in January.