A FALSE accusation of kidnap and assault by a Rugby man against his own father and uncle led to both men spending 14 hours banged up in a police cell.
And now it is Danyal Hussain who is getting his own taste of life behind bars after a judge at Warwick Crown Court jailed him for a total of seven months.
Hussain, 23, of Viaduct Close, Rugby, pleaded guilty at the court to perverting the course of justice by making a false complaint to the police.
Prosecutor Holly Kilbey said that on April 16 last year Hussain made an allegation that he had been kidnapped and assaulted by his father and uncle.
The police had been called to the home of his father, and when they arrived they found him cleaning up some blood from the floor, which he said was from one of his sons.
As a result of what they were told, firearms officers were sent to Hussain’s address where he informed them he had been kidnapped and assaulted by his father and his uncle.
Acting on his complaint, officers then arrested Hussain’s father and uncle, who then spent 14 hours in custody before being released without charge.
When the two men were interviewed, Hussain’s father told officers that he had met his son in Rugby town centre and they had gone back to his home where they had a drink and got into a fight.
And the police obtained CCTV footage of the two of them going into a store and buying alcohol, which corroborated that account of what had happened.
So the police went back to Hussain’s home and challenged him about his allegation, and on April 18 he gave officers a statement in which he admitted he had made it up.
Miss Kilbey said that ‘significant police resources,’ including the deployment of firearms officers, were used over the three-day investigation.
And she added that at the time Hussain was subject to a suspended six-month prison sentence for fraud after using his grandfather’s bank card to obtain a total of £12,500.
Michael Anning, defending, conceded: “I acknowledge immediately that this is an offence which passes the custody threshold. The import of my mitigation is to submit that it need not be an immediate sentence.
“There are serious aspects to the case, particularly that his father and uncle were arrested and interviewed under caution, although he was not aware how serious a matter he was putting into train.”
Mr Anning said there was a background of family problems, including the fraud committed by Hussain against his grandfather, and a restraining order his mother had obtained against his father following police interventions in domestic incidents.
And he added that Hussain, who had suffered thoughts of self-harm, lived with his mother and three siblings, and was ‘the sole breadwinner in the family.’
But Recorder John Steel QC jailed Hussain for four months consecutive to three months of the suspended sentence which he was also ordered to serve.
Recorder Steel told him: “The background to this case goes back over some time and your relationship with your father and uncle which has been, to say the least, poor.
“You went to extreme lengths to fabricate your story to the police, resulting in the arrest of two family members.
“Your father and uncle were kept in custody for 14 hours, and the investigation took up a significant amount of police time.
“On the evening of the offence you went to Rugby town centre and ran into your father by accident. You had previously had a number of drinks, and you decided to have a quick drink at your father’s address.
“You admitted you had one too many, and there was a physical altercation and you were hit over the head with a wooden implement by your father, which led to you making these allegations.
“It is in exceptional circumstances only that a case of this kind should be suspended. The court is of the opinion that there has to be an immediate sentence in this case.”