A POLICEMAN from Brighouse has been jailed for making a hoax phone call to Murder Squad detectives.
Rookie Pc Lee Harry, 32, used a false name in a bid to help his half- brother, Graham Haylett, who was a major suspect in the murder of Lennie Fulbirg.
Harry, of Rayner Drive, Brighouse, is married with a one-year-old child.
Mr Fulbirg's dismembered torso had been found on the moors above Oxenhope, near Keighley.
Haylett, 40, and his partner Tracey Cameron, also 40, were later found guilty of murder and jailed for life.
And at Bradford Crown Court yesterday Harry was jailed for two years.
Prosecutor Peter Moulson told the court it had been a crucial feature of the murder trial that Mr Fulbirg had been killed in August, 1996.
But Harry phoned the Eccleshill police station incident room in August, 2004, claiming to be the owner of a bed and breakfast in Blackpool.
In the call, Harry suggested that the dead man had been staying at his B and B in September, 1996.
He said Mr Fulbirg told him two Jamaican men wanted to kill him and he was very scared.
He also indicated that Mr Fulbirg had stayed for a week and there was a diary entry referring to him.
Harry, who claimed to be a Mr Williamson, had been able to withhold the number of the callbox he used and Mr Moulson said it was impossible to trace it.
Police went to Blackpool and found a Mr Williamson who ran a B&B, but he denied any knowledge of the call or Mr Fulbirg.
During the murder investigation Harry had been questioned about his contact with Haylett.
As police listened to the tape of the phone call they recognised his voice.
He admitted posing as Mr Williamson and providing false information with the intention of distracting the inquiry and creating a defence for his half-brother.
Mr Moulson said that if the information in Harry's call had been relied on in the trial of Haylett and Cameron it would have cast doubt not only on the timing of Mr Fulbirg's death, but also who had been responsible for it.
Harry, who was based at Halifax police station, had been trying to get into the force for 10 years.
He had just completed his six-month training and was two months into his police career at the time he made the hoax call.
Harry pleaded guilty last month to perverting the course of justice, but his sentence was adjourned until the end of the murder trial.
Barrister Nicholas De La Poer, for Harry, said his client had quit the police force and realised he faced jail.
He said the call was made out an honest belief that his half-brother was innocent.
Mr De La Poer said his client displayed significant naivety and didn't think the call would cause a great amount of disturbance to the investigation.
"He engaged in an act of cataclysmic stupidity," added Mr De La Poer.
"He has also brought humiliation and shame on himself and his family."
Judge Linda Sutcliffe told Harry the offence struck at the heart of the criminal justice system.
"Attempting to pervert the course of justice is always a serious matter, the more so when the principal offence under investigation is an offence of murder," she told Harry.
She said his previous good character was outweighed by the fact that he was a policeman who had abused information that had come into his possession.