Man jailed for hoax emergency calls

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  1. scotthayes macrumors 68000

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    He made more than a dozen hoax call, so they jailed him for 4 years.

    BBC News


    4 years may seem a little excessive, but there is always the chance that the emergency services could have been attending one of the hoax calls and not able to get to a real call.

    If only the same Judge could be there the next time Pete Doherty is in court.
     
  2. bartelby macrumors Core

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    Or better still hang the talentless scrote!
     
  3. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Not in my opinion. According to the article, along with over 10 other hoax calls, he made false claims regarding a bomb as well as impersonating a police officer, neither of which are minor offenses.
     
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    I'd say it's not fair. I'd jail him for 2 years. I think 4 years is harsh, but I agree that a long sentence like this should have been given, so 4 years is still within the realm of acceptability to me.

    However, I would have probably looked at the time and length of the emergency calls and whether someone died as a result of a single emergency call resulting in death. If someonew as trying to call 9-1-1 for a real emergency, and they couldn't reach anyone, he should be charged severely.

    For the fake threat call-ins he made, I'd look to see how much that cost the city financially, and the grief it caused.
     
  5. mcarnes macrumors 68000

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    You're all just a bunch of April fools. The story is not even true.
     
  6. stainlessliquid macrumors 68000

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    4 years never means 4 years. He'll be paroled in a matter of months if he has good behavior.
     
  7. Henri Gaudier macrumors 6502a

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    I heard on BBC Radio 4 last night that the police said he was "childlike". If that's true then any custodial sentence is an outrage. I believe it costs around 60,000€ a year to keep someone in prison. Remedial help would be a lot less and more valuable to the person in question and also wider society.
     
  8. scotthayes thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Look at the date the story was posted on the BBC site. This isn't an April Fools joke.
     
  9. kwood macrumors 6502a

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    Everything on April 1st is an April fools joke regardless of when the story was originally posted.
     

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