A WOOLLAMIA man convicted with perverting the course of justice and influencing a witness not to give evidence in court has been given a two-year good behaviour bond and a suspended jail sentence in Nowra District Court.
Blake Gennison, 19, of Knoll Parade, Woollamia, appeared before Judge Andrew Haesler in district court on Thursday.
He was charged with fabricating evidence by admitting to being the driver of a vehicle involved in a chase with police in Vincentia on August 6, 2013, to allow a friend to get off the charges.
Gennison made a statement to police that he was driving the vehicle at the time of the incident.
A series of recorded phone calls revealed he intended to lie about his role in the incident, while police also discovered on the day of the alleged chase he had been in hospital undergoing an operation on a broken leg.
In a separate incident he was also charged with interfering with a witness in a matter from September last year.
Recordings again revealed he allegedly went to a man’s house and told him not to appear in court to give evidence in relation to another inmate’s matter before the court.
Judge Haesler placed Gennison on a nine month suspended sentence to be of good behaviour on the interfering with a witness charge, and a two-year good behaviour bond on the perverting the course of justice charge.