Man jailed after falsely claiming he was kidnapped and made to drive around Norfolk at knife point
PUBLISHED: 14:08 26 September 2017 | UPDATED: 07:35 27 September 2017
A man has been jailed for two years after falsely claiming he had been kidnapped at knife point in Norwich.
Troy Wood, 27, of West Pottergate, claimed a man had entered his car at 11.30am on February 25 and threatened him with a knife.
Wood alleged the man made him drive around various villages for two hours before making him stop and taping him to the driver’s seat.
It was also claimed the ‘suspect’ had used Wood’s phone to demand £5,000 from his girlfriend or he would be killed.
Detectives conducted comprehensive house-to-house and forensic work which comprised of a full examination of Wood’s vehicle at a cost of £2,370 following the allegations.
This ‘kidnapping’ incident followed a report of blackmail where Woods claimed two people had been harassing him on Facebook since November 2015.
Information had been provided in relation to the Facebook accounts which allowed officers to make enquiries about the authenticity of them. Checks revealed the accounts had been set up at the IP address attached to Wood’s home.
Woods was arrested in April in relation to perverting the course of justice and wasting police time. He then admitted he had created the Facebook accounts, he had damaged his own car window, and he had entirely fabricated the kidnapping.
Woods appeared at Norwich Crown Court on September 22 after being charged with fraud and perverting the course of justice. He was sentenced to four years in prison; two years for fraud and two years for perverting the course of justice.
Investigating officer, DC Charlotte West, said: “Wood had originally abused his position of trust as a loans agent for Provident by taking out a number of loans for his own benefit, using details of existing customers without their knowledge. The total value of that fraud was £23,300.
“The following false reports were meant as a way of mitigating this fraud and were intended to be used as evidence to prove his innocence. These reports were meticulously planned lies which took a significant amount of time and officers to investigate.
“This results highlights Norfolk Constabulary will continue to work with partner agencies to identify offenders and bring them to justice.”