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Asbo 999 caller Carl Mackenzie of Chacewater jailed after abusing ambulance crew

By West Briton  |  Posted: January 27, 2014

A SERIAL nuisance 999 caller has been jailed for 18 weeks after abusing paramedics called to help him when he was found lying on the pavement.

Before Truro magistrates Carl Mackenzie, 49 and of Brookside, Chacewater, admitted breaching an antisocial behaviour order (Asbo).

Jill Wilson, for the prosecution, said Mackenzie was given a two-year Asbo in September prompted by his emergency calls, then a suspended sentence in December for breaching it.

On January 10 he breached it again by physically threatening and verbally abusing paramedics called by an off-duty nurse who found him on the ground in Fore Street, Chacewater. He was put on a stretcher and taken to an ambulance, where it became clear he was drunk. He tried to intimidate the paramedics, shouting obscenities and abuse, and they called the police.

The conditions of his Asbo included not dialling 999 except in a real emergency, not causing a nuisance to the emergency services and not threatening, alarming or intimidating anyone.

Mackenzie, who had previous convictions, told police he did not remember the incident, but accepted what was said to have happened.

His solicitor Elliott Moore said only one of the two paramedics said he felt threatened by Mackenzie. He had recently been staying in a nursing home but discharged himself.

Jailing Mackenzie, Roger Cargeeg, chairman of the bench, told Mackenzie: "There are a lot of people trying to assist you with your problems and you are not helping yourself. You have breached an Asbo and been given another chance with a 12-week suspended sentence, and less than a month later you are back again. Enough is enough."

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