A man has been jailed for 12 months after accusing traffic warden, Andrew Lynch of racial abuse, in order to get out of paying a parking fine which he has incurred for parking on double yellow lines outside a supermarket in Fareham.
Lynch was suspended from his job for five weeks before police decided there was no case.
Prosecutor Louisa Bagley stated, “He (Mr Lynch) was an innocent man, albeit a traffic warden and you may have your own views about those who issue parking tickets.
“Mr Hlal wanted to get around having to pay for that penalty ticket and hence made this allegation in order to avoid paying for that ticket”
The sales rep, originally from Tunisia was also charged of another claim of racial abuse after being approached by Dr Neil Buchanan about being parked in a disabled bay outside a hospital in Winchester.
Hlal refused to move after being confronted by the Buchanan, who then went to get security, a court was told. When he returned, Hlal accused the doctor of racial abuse, which then lead to him being arrested by the police.
He has been found guilty of two charges of perverting the course of justice.
His ex-wife has also been found guilty of one offence of perverting the course of justice after providing a statement to back up Hlal’s claims. Diane Bateman of Gosport has been given a six-month sentence suspended for 12 months, 100 hours community service and a £500 fine.
Judge Roger Hetherington, said: “You have deliberately played the race card knowing it would cause maximum embarrassment to those on the receiving end and would be treated seriously by the authorities.
“The seriousness of these offences lies not just in the distress and anxiety felt by the victims, but also in the fact it strikes at the root of public justice and undermines people’s confidence in the system.”