‘Prison is likely’ for man who gave false details when stopped by police in Grantham

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A motorist whose lies to police led to another man being wrongly convicted has been warned he faces a possible jail sentence.

Jonathon Knight was stopped by police on suspicion of having no insurance he drove a Ford Galaxy along Barrowby Road in Grantham in September 2011. But instead of giving his correct details Knight gave officers the name and date of birth of a namesake who was almost the same age.

That led to the prosecution and wrongful conviction of the other man at Grantham Magistrates’ Court the following month.

On Wednesday, Knight, 48, of Rise Park Road in Nottingham, admitted a charge of doing an act intended to pervert the course of justice.

Judge James Sampson adjourned sentence for the preparation of a probation report and granted Knight bail until later this month.

But the Judge told him “This is a serious case of it’s kind. I am giving you no promises as to eventual sentence. Prison is likely due to what happened to your unfortunate namesake.”