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Friday, June 17, 2011

Owais Dar a shopkeeper who took shoplifter home to his father forced to endure 10-month court ordeal after police charge HIM with false Imprisoment

A respected shopkeeper was subjected to a gruelling 10-month court ordeal during which he was warned he could face life in jail - simply for frogmarching a teenage yob home to his father.

Owais Dar, 26, thought he was doing the right thing when he caught the 15-year old lad stealing a bunch of grapes and told him he was driving him home.

But after dropping him off and speaking to the boy's father, police arrested Mr Dar on suspicion of false imprisonment in a 4am raid at his home above his family run convenience store in Nelson, Lancs.

Despite lawyers recommending he should not be charged, a senior police officer appealed against the decision saying Mr Dar's conduct was 'intolerable'.

At Burnley Crown Court, Mr Dar was due to face trial after denying the false imprisonment allegation, but it was left to lie on the file after a judge said the case was 'overcharged'. He was bound over in the sum of £250 for 12 months.

The maximum sentence for false imprisonment is life in jail.

After the case Mr Dar said: 'The whole thing is a bit of a farce and to be honest I just think it's ridiculous. This has been going on for ten months now and I'm just glad it's all over. I think it's absolutely ridiculous.

'We've never had any trouble in the shop before and I always thought I was a nice person just trying to do the right thing.

'This is a family shop which my parents have owned since I was six-months-old and a place where I've always worked and now I don't feel I can.' Read More