Mum tried to cover up for her son

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A mum-of-five has been spared jail after admitting perverting the course of justice in a bid to protect her son.

Lisa Wilcock, 37, tried to persuade her brother to give a false account to police about her 19-year-old son, after another man sustained a knife wound near her home in Banks.

Preston Crown Court heard the incident took place in a caravan at the back of Wilcock’s home, where her son Daniel was staying.

But after the man told Wilcock his account, Wilcock sent her brother two text messages.

One said: “Answer the phone. Dan’s in proper s***.”

The other asked for the recipient to provide a false alibi.

Wilcock also gave two statements to police which did not correlate with other accounts given to the police.

During interview, Wilcock, who the court heard suffers post natal depression following the birth of her youngest child, said: “I totally admit it.

“I was just trying to help Dan. I don’t know why I did it. I’m not well.

“Everything was going up in the air and I did try and cover for Dan.”

Judge Stuart Baker, sentencing, said: “The criminal law in this country can only operate effectively and prevent crime and protect other people from crime if citizens, including all of us and including you, obey the law and don’t try to pervert it.

“If you try to bend the law for your own purposes, justice will break down.

“The courts always take a very serious view of anyone who tries to bend the rules for their own purposes.”

He handed Wilcock, of Leader Street, Ince, a four- month sentence suspended for 18 months with a four-month curfew.