A Czech lorry driver was held in a British prison for six months waiting for a hearing which saw him freed in just 10 minutes.
Josef Kralik was arrested at Birmingham airport in November, just as he was about to board a flight to Slovakia for a friend’s wedding.
He had been accused of assaulting a British man and breaking his leg, an injury that reportedly forced the man to quit his job.
Mr Kralik, who lived and worked in the UK, heard that he had apparently beaten a man in July 2014 – and that police had two witnesses and CCTV camera footage to prove it.
But when the court date eventually arrived, the footage did not show the alleged victim being injured, and showed that a female, who claimed to have witnessed the fight, was in a position where she could not have physically seen anything.
The incident took place when Mr Kralik went to unload his truck but stopped at the wrong place and had tried to ask for directions.
He was approached by the owner of the nearby cafe, who he claims berated him because he was a foreigner.
According to Mr Kralik’s version he only told the man to stop swearing at him and, when he kept shouting, caught him and put him on the ground.
He added: ‘They told me they had a video that shows how I was beating some other man. I wanted to watch it, but they told me that they would show me it after my statement.’
Local media reported that the incident was made up by the owner of the coffee shop because he wanted to make ‘easy money from a compensation claim’.
Kralik’s lawyer Tomas Kocicka said: ‘To be jailed for such a long time was useless. British authorities should admit their mistake.’
Kralik’s boss Alan Taylor had reportedly been trying to pay bail for Kralik since his arrest.
A judge found Mr Kralik not guilty in a short 10 minute long hearing.
The lorry driver now plans to seek compensation from the police.
He added: ‘I want it because I could not work for half a year and I want to get compensation also because I had to be in the jail with murderers unjustifiably.’