Ex-soldier sent to jail over lies

Lee Grant outside Oxford Crown Court

Lee Grant outside Oxford Crown Court

First published in News

A FORMER soldier was arrested and spent 12 hours locked up in a police cell after a former colleague reported him for a made-up robbery.

Lee Grant was told by a judge that he had spun “a pack of lies” to try to get revenge on the friend, who was asking him to repay a debt.

The 25-year-old was sentenced to nine months in prison at Oxford Crown Court on Thursday after he admitted a charge of perverting the course of justice.

William Eaglestone, prosecuting, said Grant was a private in the army until earlier this year and had served under the command of Lance Corporal Phillip Powell.

He told Judge Peter Ross the two men were friends and the defendant had asked on May 7 if he could borrow £725, with a promise to repay double the amount in two days.

But Mr Eaglestone said Grant soon became “evasive” and blocked L Cpl Powell’s number when he tried to contact Grant about repayment of the money This led to L Cpl Powell visiting his friend’s home in Fosters Road, Abingdon, and taking Grant’s iPad mini until he paid back the £725 which was still owed, the barrister said.

But Mr Eaglestone said later that day the defendant contacted the police, claiming that L Cpl Powell had come to his door, grabbed him by the throat, forced him to transfer £595 and stolen his iPad.

Mr Eaglestone told the court that police officers acted on this information and arrested L Cpl Powell outside his flat in Banbury Road, Oxford, on June 4.

He was kept in custody for 13 hours, 12 of which were spent in a police cell, Mr Eaglestone said.

Grant’s victim said in a statement he felt “so embarrassed” after being arrested and handcuffed in the street outside his home, and was “shocked” when he learned that his former friend and colleague had lied to the police about him.

Graham Bennett, defending, said his client had come up with “a ridiculous concoction of events” and deeply regretted what he had done.

Passing sentence, Judge Ross told Grant he had spun “a pack of lies” to try to get his former colleague arrested, and a prison sentence was the only appropriate punishment for what he had done. He also told him to pay a £100 victims’ surcharge.

Our top stories

Jury told fire started because businessman thought best man was having affair with wife

Oxford Mail:

8:29am Friday 22nd May 2015

A HOUSE fire that forced people to jump for their lives was started by a businessman who accused his best man of having an affair with his wife, a jury heard.

UPDATE: Missing woman Rachel Selby from Banbury found safe

Oxford Mail:

3:16pm Friday 22nd May 2015

A WOMAN who went missing from Banbury has been found, police said

Person hit by train between Slough and Reading likely to affect Oxford rail services to London

Oxford Mail: A First Great Western High Speed Train

3:24pm Friday 22nd May 2015

TRAINS from Oxford could be disrupted after a person was hit by a train between Slough and Reading.

Teenagers arrested after robbery in Hythe Bridge Street

Oxford Mail: Thames Valley Police logo

3:23pm Friday 22nd May 2015

TWO teenagers have been arrested after a robbery in Hythe Bridge Street.

Oxford United stepping up interest in striker Ryan Taylor

Oxford Mail:

9:30am Friday 22nd May 2015

Ryan Taylor remains firmly on Oxford United’s radar despite the signing of Kemar Roofe, according to head coach Michael Appleton.

UPDATE: Broken down van removed from near Water Eaton park and ride

Oxford Mail: Traffic Alert general

7:54am Friday 22nd May 2015

ALL LANES have reopened on the A4165 Oxford Road after a earlier incident involving a broken down van.

Send us your news, pictures and videos

Most read stories

Local Info

Enter your postcode, town or place name

About cookies

We want you to enjoy your visit to our website. That's why we use cookies to enhance your experience. By staying on our website you agree to our use of cookies. Find out more about the cookies we use.

I agree