Police hoaxer avoids jail term

A MAN who made a bogus call to police whilst on a suspended sentence has not had his jail term activated because the incident was “an unfortunate dip.”

John Denton, 27, of Cluny Square, Southend, called the emergency services to report seeing a man with a firearm tucked in the waistband of his trousers.

He gave a false name and address, claiming to be his neighbour James Webber.

Basildon Crown Court heard how the pair did not get on and had rowed earlier that day after passing each other in the street.

Denton had drunk eight pints of beer when he called the police to report the fake sighting.

Addressing him during sentencing on Monday Recorder Gabrielle Posner said: “I have watched you sitting there looking thoroughly sick with yourself.

“It’s a great shame because I think you are someone with a lot to offer. You seem to have a problem when drinking and go off the rails and lose it in a big way.

“Ordinarily I would activate a suspended sentence but I am prepared to regard this is an unfortunate dip, but this is obviously your last chance.”

Firearms officers swooped on the block of flats in Cluny Square after they received the tip off at around 11pm on August 28.

Denton was arrested after the mobile number used to make the emergency call turned out to be his and not Mr Webber’s.

The court heard how at the time of the incident Denton was just four months into a suspended sentence after being found guilty of burglary and perverting the course of justice.

On May 5 last year he offered a group of four youngsters money to steal copper from an empty house, before trying to bribe a witness to pick out another suspect in an identity parade.

Denton was given a one month suspended sentence for sending a false message via the public communication network, and must also complete 100 hours of unpaid work.

It will run alongside the previous sentence until April 2014.
 

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2:18pm Thu 8 Nov 12

perini says...

What a load of tosh - lock the scumbag up!
What a load of tosh - lock the scumbag up! perini
  • Score: 2

2:58pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Nebs says...

perini wrote:
What a load of tosh - lock the scumbag up!
You can't blame him for this, he had been drinking so it wasn't his fault.
[quote][p][bold]perini[/bold] wrote: What a load of tosh - lock the scumbag up![/p][/quote]You can't blame him for this, he had been drinking so it wasn't his fault. Nebs
  • Score: 0

4:13pm Thu 8 Nov 12

Max Impact says...

Shame they can't ban him from using 999 even if it is a life or death situation he is in.

The time the police were dealing with this moron somebosy could have really needed help.
Shame they can't ban him from using 999 even if it is a life or death situation he is in. The time the police were dealing with this moron somebosy could have really needed help. Max Impact
  • Score: 0

4:14pm Thu 8 Nov 12

muffindamule says...

On May 5 last year he offered a group of four youngsters money to steal copper from an empty house, before trying to bribe a witness to pick out another suspect in an identity parade.

Obviously the four youngsters thought he was " someone with a lot to offer" too . As far as I'm concerned they were as misled then as Mr. Posner was on Monday.
On May 5 last year he offered a group of four youngsters money to steal copper from an empty house, before trying to bribe a witness to pick out another suspect in an identity parade. Obviously the four youngsters thought he was " someone with a lot to offer" too . As far as I'm concerned they were as misled then as Mr. Posner was on Monday. muffindamule
  • Score: 1

4:18pm Thu 8 Nov 12

firedog says...

* pints of beer,he is probably on the dole,lock him up the waster.
* pints of beer,he is probably on the dole,lock him up the waster. firedog
  • Score: 2

4:20pm Thu 8 Nov 12

firedog says...

That should read "8 pints"
That should read "8 pints" firedog
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5:48pm Thu 8 Nov 12

lawbreaker says...

What do you need to do now adays to be sent to prison?
What do you need to do now adays to be sent to prison? lawbreaker
  • Score: 0

6:20pm Thu 8 Nov 12

eddicaine says...

perini wrote:
What a load of tosh - lock the scumbag up!
Seems like a nice chappie
[quote][p][bold]perini[/bold] wrote: What a load of tosh - lock the scumbag up![/p][/quote]Seems like a nice chappie eddicaine
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6:49pm Thu 8 Nov 12

lucy10 says...

what pile of s@ite he is should be lock up been to court loads of time gets away with it all the time lock him up a waste of space
what pile of s@ite he is should be lock up been to court loads of time gets away with it all the time lock him up a waste of space lucy10
  • Score: 2

12:12am Fri 9 Nov 12

Nebs says...

Max Impact wrote:
Shame they can't ban him from using 999 even if it is a life or death situation he is in.

The time the police were dealing with this moron somebosy could have really needed help.
That would be a breach of his human rights.
[quote][p][bold]Max Impact[/bold] wrote: Shame they can't ban him from using 999 even if it is a life or death situation he is in. The time the police were dealing with this moron somebosy could have really needed help.[/p][/quote]That would be a breach of his human rights. Nebs
  • Score: 1

8:15am Fri 9 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

Remove both big toes.

Then he will have to toe the line more!
Remove both big toes. Then he will have to toe the line more! Brunning999
  • Score: 0

8:15am Fri 9 Nov 12

Brunning999 says...

Remove both big toes.

Then he will have to toe the line more!
Remove both big toes. Then he will have to toe the line more! Brunning999
  • Score: 0

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