A man has been sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court in relation to a claim of a robbery…. that never happened. 

James Frederick Horth, 54, reported to police that he was robbed at knife-point by two offenders on West Heath Road on the morning of November 27th. He claimed that the pair had taken his gold chain and forced him to remove his wedding ring during the incident which allegedly took place close to the BP garage, at the junction of West Heath Road and Station Road.

Two suspects were later arrested for the reported crime.

However, further investigations by West Midlands Police led to doubt about his claims and Horth was subsequently charged with “an act tending and intended to pervert the course of public justice.”

On February 11th, Horth, of Cropredy Road, West Heath, was sentenced to eight months imprisonment (suspended for 12 months), a 12 month supervision order and a three month curfew. He was also ordered to pay £250 each in compensation to the two victims, the two who were arrested on suspicion of robbery.

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