Burglary accuser jailed after lying

James Henley

James Henley

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A man has been sent to prison for making a false report of burglaries to police - when he was the thief all along.

James Henley, 33, a sales supervisor, now of De Cham Road, St Leonards, pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court on Monday (October 20) to two burglaries and perverting the course of justice and was sentenced to 22 months’ imprisonment.

On July 26 this year police received a report from Henley, then living in a flat in Marina, St Leonards, claiming to have disturbed a burglar leaving the basement of the house. The other occupants were woken and discovered items of theirs had been stolen including an Apple Macbook Pro, iPad 2 and platinum rings.

However, during the investigation Henley was arrested and interviewed about inconsistencies in his story.

The property has not been recovered.

Detective constable Alex Campbell, of the East Sussex Priority Crime Team, said: “This sort of false allegation wastes valuable time that we could be spending helping others. This sentence sends a message that if you make false allegations that waste police time and public money you will be prosecuted.”