06 Mar 2017
Dushimimana Cyuma, an electrician who worked for the NHS, until he lied about crashing his work van into the back of a car while being drunk, then abandoning it.
Cyuma, 35 was sentenced to eight months in prison at Oxford Crown Court on 3 March after pleading guilty to an act tending to pervert the course of justice.
The Headington (Oxforshire) electrician was seen on 18 May last year to be swaying after the collision in his Peugeot work van and admitted he was drunk when asked by the driver who was involved.
After crashing his vehicle, he told the police his work van had been stolen, then abandoned it in Headington Hill, Oxford and went home.
Judge Peter Ross said Cyuma lied and persisted lying despite the police seizing the van and tracking the vehicle to the defendant.
According to the Oxford Mail, he added: “You provided a prepared statement in which you continued to deny being the driver.
“Where people pervert the course of justice they have to recognise the court will impose deterrent sentences. You denied it and you persisted in your denials until you came before the court.”
Prosecutor Cathy Olliver told the court how Cyuma woke up the following morning from abandoning his van - which has been seized by the police – and searched the streets to try to find it.
She added the defendant, originally from Rwanda in East Africa, had contacted the police to say the van had been stolen and that it had been parked outside his home the previous night.
Defending Gordana Turudija-Austin said: “This is one of those cases where a lie is set and it’s very difficult to go back.”
Ms Turudija-Austin added Cyuma’s actions were of ‘sheer panic’ and that he ‘felt scared and confused’ and did not know what to do after the collision.