Jun 19 2012

South Harrow Man Jailed for Lying to Police

Vanuraja Sivalingam, aged 30, of Eastcote Lane, South Harrow was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment at Harrow Crown Court on Friday 8 June after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice.

Sivalingam made a 999 call to police on Sunday 29 January alleging that he had been assaulted. He had a broken nose, a three-inch gash to the back of his head and bruising to his body.

Whilst in hospital, Sivalingam provided a witness statement through and interpreter and named Raisiah Yogesh and Kugan Kiddnappli, two men who were known to him, as being responsible for his injuries. They were subsequently arrested on suspicion of GBH and kept in custody for 20 hours whilst the investigation took place.

During the investigation, officers’ suspicions arose when a relative of Savalingam’s told them that he had seen him fall down a metal staircase whilst drunk and was assisted, rather than assaulted by Mr Yogesh. Sivalingam was questioned further about the incident and confessed that he lied about the assault because he did not like Mr Yogesh.

“A custodial sentence was the only outcome.”

Investigating officer DS Blackwood of Harrow CID said: “Mr Sivalingam showed a blatant disregard for the criminal justice system using his personal discontent within his family to imprison two innocent men.

“As officer in the case, I uncovered and was sickened to learn the extent of his lies. Sivalingam was arrested for the offence but not before two innocent men spent 20 hours in custody and approximately £15,000 of police resources wasted. A custodial sentence was the only outcome.

Harrow Police are committed to ensuring that genuine allegations of crime are taken seriously and offenders are brought to justice.”

Source: Metropolitan Police

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