HOLBROOK man Tony William Polkinghorne provided a false alibi for a suspect in a serious assault in Albury three years ago, a court has heard.
The suspect made a statement to police claiming he was with Polkinghorne at the time of the assault.
Barrister Christine Mendes said that claim had a snowballing effect with Polkinghorne providing support with a one-page statement to investigating detectives.
“It was not a case of him initiating the false alibi,” Ms Mendes said yesterday in Holbrook Local Court.
She said Polkinghorne had shown misplaced loyalty to a family friend.
Polkinghorne, 53, of Murdock Place, pleaded guilty to a charge of hindering the apprehension of a person who committed an offence.
The court was told police began an investigation into an assault occasioning actual bodily harm offence on September 23, 2010. An alibi was given by Polkinghorne for an Albury man considered a person of interest by police.
A statement made by Polkinghorne on January 16, 2011, said the suspect was staying with him at Holbrook between September 20 and 24.
Arrangements were made by detectives for Polkinghone to meet them at the Holbrook police station on March 8.
In an interview, he was frank about the suspect asking him to make a false statement which he did.
Polkinghorne told police that he was “trying to protect the kid”.
The suspect, aged in his 20s, was never charged because of the victim’s reluctance to co-operate with police and insufficient evidence.
Magistrate Tony Murray said Polkinghorne, a disability support pensioner, was one of the few people to provide information to police.
“It is very unusual for a victim not to make a statement,” Mr Murray said.
Polkinghorne was convicted, put on a 12-month bond and fined $500.