A police officer who falsely accused a street sweeper of sexually assaulting a baby after arguing with him about his backyard hedges has been jailed.
PC Hitesh Lakhani, 42, claimed he had seen a man beckon a baby of round 5 into some bushes whereas her mom walked forward in a residential street.
He informed police he noticed the person pull down his shorts and place her hand on him, earlier than the mum referred to as out to her, permitting her to flee.
Lakhani, from Southall, west London, stated he took a picture of the offender, which he gave to authorities.
Hillingdon police put the picture out on their social media feeds to establish the person and requested the general public to contact Crimestoppers in the event that they recognised him.
But officers finally discovered CCTV proof from a neighbouring home which proved the assault couldn’t have occurred.
Lakhani was sentenced to thee years in jail for perverting the course of justice at Kingston Crown Court at this time.
David Davies, a senior prosecutor with the Crown Prosecution Service, stated: ‘This was a baseless accusation towards a hard-working man by a serving police officer.
‘Hitesh Lakhani referred to as 101 alleging he had witnessed a sexual assault that he knew didn’t occur.
‘This was a spiteful act over a disagreement about hedge trimmings in his front garden spilling on to the street.’
He stated the police discovered no hint of intercourse crimes being reported within the space, a quantity of inaccuracies in Lakhani’s account and the CCTV proof exposing his lies.
Mr Davies added: ‘The most worrying facet of this case was that Lakhani, as a police officer, offered as a credible witness to a critical allegation the place there was an recognized suspect.
‘The implications for this victim could have been profound, but we were able to prove Lakhani’s account was completely fictional and unfounded.
‘I hope this prosecution serves as a reminder that nobody is above the law.’