Man accused of attempting to pervert course of justice

James Taylor at his desk in his office at 116 High Street, Old Portsmouth.

Those halcyon days when pen and paper just worked!

A MAN has been accused of making up a racial assault in a bid to get out of a parking ticket.

Ben Hlal, 44, is accused of two counts of attempting to pervert the course of justice, both relating to incidents over parking.

A trial at Portsmouth Crown Court heard how Hlal, from Fareham, is alleged to have accused traffic warden Andrew Lynch of grabbing him by the throat on November 14, 2009.

But Mr Lynch, a Fareham Borough Council employee, gave evidence as to how he had asked Hlal to move from the double yellow lines where he was parked at Speedfields Park, near Asda in Fareham.

Mr Lynch told how Hlal had become abusive as he gave him a parking ticket following repeated warnings.

Hlal's friend Diane Bateman, 51, is accused of making a false statement to police to pervert the course of justice relating to the same incident.

Louisa Bagley, prosecuting, said: 'They have both told lies to the police.

'Lies which have accused others of criminal offences and led to them being arrested.'

She added: 'He wanted to get around paying the the ticket, hence the allegation.

'Mr Lynch wasn't prosecuted but he was removed from his job, arrested and interviewed by police.'

In a separate incident at the Royal County Hospital on January 25, 2010, Hlal was asked to move from a disabled bay by an off~duty consultant, Neil Buchanan.

Hlal again later claimed he was the victim of racial abuse.

He is accused of perverting the course of justice by making false allegations against Mr Buchananm.

(Proceeding)