Woman jailed for misleading court


A woman who pleaded guilty to misleading the court in order to avoid a custodial sentence has today been jailed to 16 months imprisonment at Birmingham Crown Court.

Denise Dickens, aged 24 and from Rednal, Birmingham was originally convicted at the city's Magistrates' Court on 19 November 2014 when she was found guilty of racially abusing a police officer - she also pleaded guilty to assaulting a passenger on a bus.

In her mitigating statement, Dickens lied to the court about her personal circumstances and as a consequence, the court decided not to impose a custodial sentence on her and instead she was given a 12 month community order, a 12 week curfew, ordered to pay £50 compensation and £120 victims' surcharge. 

However, following information disclosed to the police about the defendant's true personal circumstances, Dickens was arrested and charged with perverting the course of public justice, to which she pleaded guilty.

Marion Bibb, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"We hope that this prosecution and conviction sends out a clear message that deliberately misleading the court in anyway is a very serious criminal offence.

"In order to avoid a jail term for a number of offences which she had committed, Denise Dickens decided to lie to the court about her personal circumstances.

"When the police received information that she had misled the courts, Dickens was arrested, charged with perverting the course of public justice and she has now been punished for her actions."