December 8 2013 Latest news:
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A woman has been jailed after arranging for a letter from her brother who was awaiting trial for rape to be put on his victim’s car.
Lisa Whiberley, of Lime Tree Place, Stowmarket, was sentenced to six months’ imprisonment by Ipswich Crown Court. The 43-year-old had previously pleading guilty to conspiring to pervert the course of justice.
Whiberley’s brother Trevor Robertson, 53, of Combs, was sentenced to a 10-year prison term in July after his trial for various offences including rape, false imprisonment and perverting the course of justice.
At his sister’s sentencing prosecutor Riel Karmy-Jones said Robertson had written two letters to his victim while in custody in order to get her to drop the charges. The first was put on the victim’s car on January 7.
The woman took the letter as a warning and was alarmed by it.
Ms Karmy-Jones said the victim had told police: “I can’t describe how scared I am. He knows people who can hurt me on his behalf. This letter has really intimidated me. I honestly take this whole letter to be a threat against my life.
“I know if I don’t drop the charges my life is in danger.”
The court was told Whiberley and another brother Terrance visited Robertson in jail on January 23.
When Robertson was strip searched prior to seeing them a piece of paper fell to the floor, on which another note was written to the victim. This was two days before Robertson’s plea hearing.
The court was told it appeared Robertson was passing the letters out of prison through visitors.
Although no one saw who put the first letter on the victim’s car it was accepted Lisa Whiberley had arranged for it to be put there.
She was caught after the content of Robertson’s prison phone calls were examined and she was seen in the area where the victim’s car was parked.
Aron Rollin, representing Whiberley said: “She’s deeply sorry and very regretful of what she’s got herself involved in. Her brother (Robertson) was extremely manipulative and put an extreme amount of pressure on all around him.”
Recorder Anesta Weekes QC told Whiberley the only reason Robertson was able to succeed in communicating with his victim was because of her.