22nd May, 2019

Warwick man waged vendetta against woman he blamed for brother's suicide

Correspondent 2nd Mar, 2017 Updated: 2nd Mar, 2017

A VENGEFUL Warwick man waged a vendetta against a woman he blamed for his brother’s suicide, repeatedly making false allegations against her to the police.

Jasbir Uppal even put up a notice in the toilets of a town pub giving the woman’s address and phone number as a massage parlour, a judge at Warwick Crown Court has heard.

The 48 year-old of Upper Cape, Warwick, was jailed for nine months after pleading guilty to three charges of perverting the course of justice, one of causing damage and one of harassment.

Prosecutor Delroy Henry said the case involved false statements Uppal made to the police which had led to the target of his campaign being arrested and detained in custody.

“His brother sadly died in May 2015 because of a single stab injury. The inquest resolved that it was a suicide.

“Although it was being dealt with by the coroner’s court, he was convinced the complainant was somehow responsible. That was the motivation for a series of serious false complaints.”

In June 2015 Uppal made a statement to the police in which he detailed allegations against the woman, culminating in a claim she had threatened to kill him on more than one occasion.

As a result, the woman was arrested and detained, but released when the police could find no evidence linking her to any calls or texts to Uppal.

So the following month, he made a further complaint alleging she had threatened him outside his home – but CCTV and credit card evidence showed she was having a meal with a friend at the time of the alleged threat.

There was a change of tactic by Uppal in August when he put up the poster in a Warwick pub which claimed the woman was operating a massage parlour, and although he was spoken to by police, he persisted in making a further false statement on in September, asserting when he had left the police station he had been threatened by her outside. The woman was actually on holiday in Turkey at the time.

He added that four days later Uppal went to the woman’s home where he damaged the paintwork of one of her cars by pouring nail varnish remover over it, causing more than £5,000 worth of damage, and smashed the headlights on a second car.

Nick Devine, defending, said Uppal had eventually “come to realise that the way he was behaving was unacceptable” and to accept the finding of the inquest.

Jailing Uppal, Recorder Satinder Hunjan QC told him: “Offences which involve the perversion of the due course of justice are very serious. They threaten and undermine the due process of the administration of the law.”

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