A man from Hounslow who lied under oath at a trial at London's High Court to avoid paying money to his ex-wife has been jailed with his brother for committing perjury.
Throughout the trial the jury heard that, during enforcement proceedings at the Family Division of the High Court on June 2 2015, Bhupinder claimed to have paid £40,000 in cash to his ex-wife in Slough's Pizza Hut.
The false claim was supported during the trial by his older brother Paulvinder, who stated under oath he had given the cash to Bhupinder so he could make the payment, the Metropolitan Police said.
The High Court judge reported the suspected perjury offences and the case was assigned to Metropolitan Police officers from the Westminster Serious Crime Unit.
The brothers' testimonies, which included the fact the money had been drawn in cash from a London casino, were established as false by police officers.
The investigation established no such cash payment had been made by any London casino around December 2013.
On Friday (December 1) both brothers were found guilty of perjury and were each sentenced to 21 months in prison later the same day.
Detective Constable Stephen Bourne, who led the investigation against the pair, said: “Bhupinder's motive was clear – he did not want to pay his ex-wife the money that was rightfully hers.
“Paulvinder, under a misguided sense of loyalty to his brother, attempted to corroborate Bhupinder's lie.
“The jury were able to see the falsity of their claims. Perjury strikes at the heart of the criminal justice system and the verdict reflects the serious nature of this offence.”
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