Defendant jailed for wasting police time

Man recorded travelling on M1 at over 100mph 'got carried away' listening to music

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

Staff Reporter


Staff Reporter


A Lurgan man, who made six false reports claiming that his ex-partner was trying to make him breach his bail, has been jailed for two months.

Appearing via video-link from Maghaberry, the case of Gerard Lavery, (40), of Manor Park, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Friday, June 10.

The court heard that the police had received a report of the defendant assaulting his ex-partner and was arrested, with it being outlined that there has been “a significant history” of domestic violence between Lavery and the injured party.

On January 11 and 30 this year, the defendant made the following six reports to the police that officers believed were false.

He reported that his ex-partner had contacted him via phone threatening him that she was at his front door and she was trying to get him to breach his bail. He reported several times that his ex-partner was at his door in an attempt to make him breach bail.

On each occasion, the defendant could not provide any evidence to substantiate his allegations nor where there any witness who could corroborate his claims.

Despite having being cautioned on January 17 for wasting police time, he proceeded to make what police believe two further false reports.

The injured party denies all six aforementioned reports and believes Lavery made them to harass her.

In his defence, a solicitor outlined that since the defendant has been in custody there has been a change in his approach to things. It was explained that Lavery understands that he does have an alcohol problem and that he pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.

District Judge Bernie Kelly said: “I do accept in this case that Mr Lavery is entitled to a fair degree of credit for the way in which he’s approached it, particularly, as a serving prisoner in the knowledge which I’m sure he has that the sentencing exercise in this case could be nowhere near that he has already received.

“It wouldn’t be the first time I have seen someone in custody who just because they could, for the want of a needless phrase, run needless contests because they knew it wasn’t going to make any difference to their served sentence.

“It also means this young lady has been prevented from coming to court yet again to give evidence and obviously he had no credit for the last sentencing exercise.”

Taking into account that Lavery was not due for release for some time, District Judge Bernie Kelly imposed a two month sentence for harassment and a two month sentence for wasting police time.

Those periods of custody are to run concurrently with each other and concurrently with his current sentence.

Leave your comment

Share your opinions on Alpha Newspaper Group

Characters left: 1500