An Albury man’s misguided attempt to help a homeless mate has landed him in jail for six months after he committed perjury.
Brett William Dyball’s decision to lie on oath in order to help the other man get bail resulted in him being charged.
Wearing a neck brace, Dyball was convicted on the charge after he fronted court this week.
When spoken to by police about why he lied when he gave evidence, Dyball replied: “I was trying to help (the accused) out by giving him a bed when he had presented himself as homeless, then assisting with his bail application. I must have forgotten about the convictions.”
That came 10 months after he went into the witness box to assure then magistrate Tony Murray that he was “an acceptable person” to go surety on the man’s bail application.
The other man was facing charges of affray, aggravated break and enter with intent to commit a serious indictable offence, fail to appear and two counts of stalking.
“I’ll remind you just what I said to you,” Mr Murray told Dyball in Albury Local Court back on October 30, 2017.
“Any other prior criminal convictions anywhere in Australia, anywhere since you became an adult at 18?”
I was trying to help (the accused) out by giving him a bed when he had presented himself as homeless, then assisting with his bail application. I must have forgotten about the convictions.Brett William Dyball, on why he committed perjury
In reply, Dyball said he’d had only one Children’s Court matter, which was dealt with without conviction.
A later check of court records revealed Dyball had a lengthy criminal history, including nine convictions as an adult for drugs, traffic matters, property-related crime, assault, making a false statement, domestic violence and stealing.
Dyball, 52, pleaded guilty before magistrate Rodney Brender to making a false statement on oath amounting to perjury.
He will released on February 26, 2019.
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