Man Jailed for perverting the course of justice - Bishop's Stortford

13/06/2013

A Bishop's Stortford man who persuaded a vulnerable woman to say that drugs and CS canisters found at his flat belonged to her was jailed for 18 months today, Thursday, 13 June 2013.

Richard Monk, 35, was convicted of perverting the course of justice by a jury's majority of 11 to 1 at St Albans Crown Court.

The court heard that on 2 December 2010 (correct) the police had found 9 CS gas canisters and a small amount of cocaine at a flat in Heron Court, Bishop's Stortford.

Monk made himself scarce and made repeated attempts to get Tracey Freeman to contact the police and say the canisters and cocaine belonged to her.

She went to the police to confess, but was not believed and was called to give evidence against him at court.

Monk of Florence Walk, Bishop's Stortford was  cleared by the jury of possessing the cocaine and canisters. He had a long list of previous convictions, including a 9 month sentence from Cambridge Crown Court for perverting the course of justice.

Jailing him Judge Andrew Bright QC said: "This was a sustained attempt to get someone to give a false account. You were persistent. You nagged and threatened her. This case has an element of threat and force over a number of months. You knew she was a weak and vulnerable woman who was addicted to drugs with a mental health problem."

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