A SCARBOROUGH man has been jailed for four months after admitting perverting the course of justice.
Andrew Davies, 22, reported to the police that a man had pulled a knife in a Scarborough street and threatened him with it as he tried to retrieve some property from him.
The police investigated, taking statements from Davies, of Castle Road, and his girlfriend, who said that she had witnessed the incident on May 19 this year.
The man they had accused was not at home when police called on him but he arranged, via a mobile phone call, to meet officers, was arrested and his grandmother’s home searched.
However, Bronia Hartley, prosecuting at York Crown Court, said that following discrepancies being noted in the couple’s statements, Davies’ girlfriend retracted her evidence, saying that her boyfriend had asked her to back him so that he did not look “stupid”.
Miss Hartley told the court that the man had been storing items for Davies and had allegedly asked for £100 for their return, but had never produced a knife, or threatened to stab Mr Davies in the throat with it.
Simon Revell, mitigating, said that his client’s problems stemmed from the fact that he had educational problems.
Adding that to Davies the £100 demanded may as well have been £10,000 because he had nothing, Mr Revell said that his client was hoping, if allowed, to move with his girlfriend to live with members of her family in Norfolk.
He said that this would remove Davies from influences in Scarborough and that, in the circumstances of the case, a custodial sentence would be counter-productive.
However, Recorder James Baird said that the offence was so serious only custody was appropriate and jailed Davies for four months.