A MAN has been jailed for four months after a court heard how he helped a killer by hiding his car in a garage.
Tristan Coulson, 30, helped hide a car used by Jermaine Coore, 26.
Coore, of no fixed abode, was sentenced to four-and-a-half years in prison last month after he admitted the manslaughter of 35-year-old Shaun Forde.
Mr Forde suffered a fatal stab wound to his back during an incident at his girlfriend's home in Gilbert Grove, Crosland Moor, last June.
Bradford Crown Court heard yesterday that following the stabbing Coore used a key he had to get into Tristan Coulson's flat in Birkby Hall Road, Huddersfield.
Prosecutor Heather Gilmore said Coore later told police he had washed his hands and changed his clothes at the flat.
Coore left his Seat car and its keys behind, but then travelled to Stafford before eventually handing himself in to police two days later.
Mrs Gilmore said as a result of what Coore told police they went to Coulson's flat.
After forcing their way inside he told them that the car was in a garage.
Coulson pleaded guilty before Christmas to a charge of assisting an offender by concealing the vehicle.
The Honorary Recorder of Bradford, Judge Stephen Gullick, told him a prison sentence was inevitable for such an offence.
Barrister John Elvidge, for Coulson, described his lifestyle at the time of the offence as "feckless and without direction."
He said his client was under the influence of alcohol and drugs when he returned home and discovered the items left by Coore.
Mr Elvidge said Coulson had in fact been driving around in the car until he saw television and newspaper reports about Mr Forde's death.
He said it was of significance that Coore had been able to enter Coulson's flat at will. He urged Judge Gullick to take account of his client's "weak character".
Mr Elvidge said Coulson feared Coore and his associates, but he also felt a sense of obligation to him.
"He is lucky to have such a supportive mother who appears determined to steer her son in the right direction and he appears finally to have grasped the importance of taking opportunities," said Mr Elvidge.
"Your honour could not be criticised for sending him to custody. It would be the usual sentence in a case of this kind.
"But I submit the court can draw back in this case and there are alternatives to an immediate sentence of imprisonment which could mark the seriousness of the offending but assist this man in making further progress in rehabilitating himself."
But Judge Gullick told Coulson that rather than go to the police when he became aware of their inquiry he had stuck the car in a garage.
"You must understand that those who assist those who are on the run for whatever sort of offence, whether they be relatively minor or as in this case serious, and take active steps to assist them, then they commit a serious offence for which a prison sentence inevitably follows," added Judge Gullick.
The court heard that a woman who was also arrested and charged as part of the police investigation had received an adult caution.