Thomas Andrew Bailey told police he was in Dover, Christ Church washing a van.
However, the 38-year-old, of no fixed place of abode, had no bucket, water or cloth in hand to support his claim.
He was therefore arrested and today pleaded guilty to loitering in the area around 2:30 a.m. on May 20.
Prosecutor Sergeant Cameron Gibbons explained that the accused was first seen standing behind the vehicle but when the police circled the block they found him crouching.
When asked what he was doing there he claimed he was “just washing the van”. However, the police report said the vehicle was dry and he had no tools to do the job.
After owning up to the offence, Bailey appealed to Magistrate Kristie Cuffy-Sergeant for leniency, saying that he was out partying and having a drink in a public area.
However his explanation did not suffice.
Bailey, who was previously held for similar offences and was only released from prison early last month, was sentenced to 12 months at HMP Dodds.