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Man jailed for six months for posing as brother after arrest
8:00pm Monday 16th September 2013 in News
A MAN has been jailed for pretending to be his brother to escape justice and then going on the run for seven years.
Paul Khirrecu, formerly of Barton Village Road, Oxford, but now living in Trent Road, Luton, was sentenced to six months in prison yesterday when he appeared in Oxford Crown Court.
The father-of-one admitted perverting the course of justice on November 13, 2006, when he was arrested in Cowley on suspicion of drink-driving and criminal damage.
Rachel Drake, prosecuting, said at the time of the incident in 2006, residents living in flats above Templars Square in Cowley were woken at 3am by the sound of breaking windows.
She said police stopped the defendant 20 minutes later in his car, apparently drunk and driving without a licence, and he told them he was his brother, Thomas Khirrecu.
Miss Drake added that he was questioned and charged at Cowley police station with three counts of criminal damage and one count of drink-driving, under his brother’s name.
Paul Khirrecu was released on bail and, after he failed to attend an appointment and the police were contacted by his brother, a warrant was put out for his arrest.
Daniel Darnbrough, defending, said after seven years on the run, his client had handed himself in to Cowley police station on June 25 this year.
He said: “Mr Khirrecu is a man who has been racked with guilt for the last seven years.
“He has now finally found the courage to take responsibility for his actions back in 2006 and try to get on with his life.”
The barrister added that his relationship with his brother had been “frosty” for some years, but was now starting to improve.
Judge Gordon Risius said despite the remorse Khirrecu had shown by handing himself in he could not suspend his sentence.
He told him: “For obvious reasons, the courts take a serious view of anything which tends to pervert the course of public justice.”