Bilston businessman jailed for perverting the course of justice
A shop owner who deleted incriminating CCTV following the fatal shooting of a man in Wolverhampton has been jailed for 10 months.
Dwaine Junior Haughton, aged 26, was killed after four men opened fire on a car on Valley Road, Park Village in July 2018.
Lee Whittle, owner of Chambers Racing in Bilston, was instructed to delete footage by Dwain Smith who was later convicted of murder.
CCTV from Johnson Street, Bilston, showed Dwain Smith and two of the other killers entering Chambers Racing on the day of the shooting - but CCTV from the store itself had mysteriously disappeared.
Whittle, aged 50, initially told police he deleted the footage because he’d been riding a motorbike without a helmet and was worried neighbours had reported it.
But investigating officers had sufficient evidence to suggest otherwise and were able to obtain a search warrant.
Analysis of a CCTV hard drive seized during the raid showed it had been wiped not once, but four times. These coincided with calls made between Dwain Smith's number and mobile phones belonging to Lee Whittle.
Whittle, of Queens Crescent, Coseley, was subsequently arrested and charged with perverting the course of justice. He pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court on Tuesday (24 September).
Despite admitting what he’d done, Whittle offered no explanation as to what went on inside the store on the day Dwaine Junior Haughton was murdered or why his killers wanted this footage erased.
Yesterday (15 October) at Wolverhampton Crown Court, he was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment.