A man who intimidated a witness after a local estate agent was charged with assaulting a client has been jailed.
Alan Mee was sentenced to 13 months behind bars after pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice before Liverpool Crown Court last week.
Mee, 52, of Larch Avenue, Newton-le-Willows, admitted intimidating a witness in the ongoing case of estate agent Richard Hall - who is set to go on trial accused of assault and possession of an offensive weapon.
DC Elizabeth Martin said: “Intimidating a witness is a serious offence and the sentencing of Alan Mee to a custodial sentence reflects its serious nature.
“We recognise that acting as a witness in any case can be overwhelming and takes courage. Witness intimidation of any kind is taken extremely seriously and we would always urge anyone who feels they are, or are likely to become, a victim, to contact us.
“There is a great deal which can be done to support witnesses - without whom, the Criminal Justice system would be unable to function.
“Harassment of any kind is utterly unacceptable and we remain committed to doing all we can to support those who suffer from this most unpleasant crime.”
Hall, 40, the owner of Brooklands estate agents in Newton-le-Willows, is set to go on trial in May accused of common assault and possession of an offensive weapon - a baseball bat.
He was hit with the charges following an altercation which started inside his work premises before spilling out onto the High Street, Newton-le-Willows, at about 2pm on July 10 last year.
According to the alleged victim’s sister, the incident was sparked by an argument over a private rented house.
In separate proceedings, Hall, of Oak Tree Road, Eccleston, also faces a charge of stealing a motor vehicle. He was arrested in connection with that charge on August 8 following an alleged incident in March last year and is set to go on trial in July.
Hall, who denies the charges, remains on conditional bail.