A couple who lied to the police, in a bid to get another man investigated for an alleged knife attack, have been put behind bars.
Jeanna Bond, 24, and Damon Horsfield, 28, who live in Taunton Road, Preston, were angry a previous allegation Thomas Cairns had cut Horsfield’s finger with a knife had not been proceeded with.
In a bid to push the police into investigating Thomas Cairns – who is the ex-partner of Horsfield’s mother – Horsfield, 28, and Bond, 24, contacted police claiming Mr Cairns had driven past their home and threatened them with a knife in front of their young children.
Mr Cairns was arrested and spent 19 hours in police custody while officers made enquiries.
However, when police began investigating the allegation they checked CCTV from the area which showed neither Mr Cairns nor his vehicle had been in the area at the time the couple claimed he had threatened them.
The pair later admitted they had lied and pleaded guilty to attempting to pervert the course of justice at Preston Crown Court.
Judge Andrew Woolman, sentencing, said: “The offence of perverting the course of justice is serious, even if the other person is not blameless.
“Thomas Cairns is probably not blameless but whatever the rights and wrongs of this dispute you can not make false complaints that result in people being arrested.”
He jailed both defendants for 28 days, saying he accepted they had childcare committments but other family members would be able to look after the children for a short period of time.