Norfolk man who gave false evidence in sex abuse case is jailed for 16 months

Christopher Andrews. Credit: Norfolk Police.

A man who gave false evidence in the trial of a now-convicted sex offender has today started an 16-month jail sentence.

Christopher Andrews, who is 57 and from Haven Bridge in Great Yarmouth, pleaded guilty to one count of perverting the course of justice at an earlier hearing and was today sentenced at Norwich Crown Court.

He had provided false evidence in court to try to weaken the prosecution case against his friend and boss Martin Thomas.

Thomas was jailed for 12 years in January 2014 after being found guilty of multiple counts of sexual assault and perverting the course of justice.

While giving evidence during the 14-day trial at Norwich Crown Court, Andrews claimed one of the victims had contacted him, suggesting that her evidence was fabricated.

Police investigations revealed the only person who could have contacted Andrews was Thomas himself and arrested Andrews as he left the witness box.

He was subsequently charged with perjury.

Sentencing Andrews to 16 months in prison, Norwich Crown Court recorder Mr Peter Wallis said the offence struck "at the very heart of justice" and might have led to an incorrect verdict being given by the jury.

"This investigation related to a serious case, involving an extremely dangerous individual, who was found guilty of multiple offences of sexual assault against two children.

"Christopher Andrews essentially attempted to provide the offender with a false alibi and further attempted to discredit one of the victims which was also proven to be false.”

– Det Con Tristan Coull, Norfolk Police.