The Metropolitan Police officer, who was off duty, said he saw the man pull his shorts down and make the child touch him before her mother called out, allowing her to escape.
Lakhani took a photograph of the alleged offender and handed it to police, the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.Wait, I thought they were never 'off duty' when this sort of thing happened in front of them? And what about a citizen's arrest?
The image was shared by police on social media to identify the man before CCTV footage proved the sexual assault never happened.It was all a case of a diversity hire showing their true - *ahem* - colours. Over, would you believe, a neighbourly spat with the victim!
CPS senior Crown Prosecutor David Davies said Lakhani made the false report after an argument about his garden hedge trimmings spilling on to the street.The accused man was a street cleaner, and Lakhani objected to being told his hedge trimmings shouldn't be left in the street. So he set out, coldly and calmly, to ruin the man's life:
The officer was jailed for three years at Kingston Crown Court on Friday after he was found guilty of perverting the course of justice in December following a trial.He'll no doubt have to spend it in isolation.
"The most worrying aspect of this case was that Lakhani, as a police officer, presented as a credible witness to a serious allegation where there was an identified suspect.
"The implications for this victim could have been profound, but we were able to prove Lakhani's account was entirely fictional and unfounded.
"I hope this prosecution serves as a reminder that nobody is above the law."Actually, no, it doesn't show that at all. As the 'Standard's' report shows:
Sentencing this morning, Judge Jonathan Davies said Lakhani’s determination to maintain the bogus story had put the street cleaner at risk of being imprisoned.
“This was wicked, prolonged and cruel conduct”, he said. "Had Mr Lakhani's evidence not been covered by CCTV this man would have been arrested and remanded in custody.
"He never did back down and this calls in to question other cases where he has given evidence.”But at least he was immediately suspended and his career is now over. Right?
Lakhani, from Southall, has been on restricted duties while awaiting his trial, and now faces a misconduct hearing and possibly the end of his police career.*speechless*
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