One policeman’s wife tried to sabotage a shoplifting investigation against her husband but was jailed when she was caught while her husband walked free.
Zoe Wilkinson, 30, persuaded hair stylist Natalie Leicester to sign a false statement in support of Sgt Richard Pendlebury, 42, after he was detained on suspicion of shoplifting.
Fearing her spouse’s job was ‘on the line,’ mother-of-four Wilkinson reeled off a fictitious sob story about the incident whilst she was having her hair done by Leicester at a salon – and the stylist agreed to falsely back her account.
A statement was later filed to police in which Leicester wrongly alleged she saw Wilkinson being assaulted by one of the guards at the supermarket as Sgt Pendlebury tried to intervene.
But Wilkinson – who also ran a youth offending team – ended up in the dock herself after investigators suspected 32-year old Leicester was lying in her statement and discovered she had been sent text messages by Wilkinson saying: ‘Let the games begin’.
Leicester subsequently confessed: ‘I just believed Zoe’s account – I only wanted to help my friends.’