A MAN falsely claimed one of his daughters had been killed in a car crash so he could get bail.
Andrew Gwyndaf Jones – who was described as “repugnant” by a judge – continued his lies by claiming he needed to be released from custody to attend her funeral.
A district judge believed him and said he would extend mercy to him and let him out for the funeral service.
But it was all made up.
His family were furious when they read about it in the Press. They even had sympathy messages and inquiries from concerned friends, and people wrote on Facebook how sorry they were to hear the tragic news.
Jones, 44, of no fixed address but at the time of Tanybryn, in Wrexham, was jailed.
A judge told him that what he had done was “as repugnant as it was serious”.
Jailing him for 10 months after he admitted perverting the course of justice, Judge Niclas Parry told Jones: “It is difficult to imagine how anyone could stoop so low.”
The district judge had treated him with humanity and extended mercy to him following the bail application, he said.
But the defendant’s lies had caused great distress to the family.
Such offences “struck at the heart of the administration of justice”, he said.
It was important that bail applications were based on true facts.
James Coutts, prosecuting, said Jones appeared at Flintshire Magistrates Court on July 15 charged with four offences of shoplifting, for which he had since been sentenced to six months imprisonment.
The case was initially adjourned for a week and Jones, who had previous convictions for more than 120 offences, was due to be remanded in custody. Judge Andrew Shaw bailed him as an act of mercy after he said he wished to attend his daughter’s funeral.
Through his advocate Paul Abraham, Jones said his daughter had been killed in a car crash.
But his daughter was alive and well and when her horrified mother read a report in the Press she contacted the police.
She was disgusted by the false claims Jones had made and could not believe he had done such a thing.
When he was arrested, Jones claimed it was another daughter, and then a step-daughter, but Mr Coutts said all were alive and well, and that no member of his family had been killed in a road crash.
His former partner said it had been “deeply distressing”, with people expressing sympathy, asking what had happened, and posting messages on Facebook.
She wanted nothing more to do with him and just wanted him out of their lives.
Clare Jones, defending, said her client had a 26-year drug addiction but was motivated to change and was now providing negative drug tests.
He had been supported by Narcotics Anonymous and since August had been able to put drugs behind him.