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Chacewater's Carl McKenzie breached court order banning him from calling 999 unnecessarily

By West Briton  |  Posted: March 11, 2014

A NUISANCE 999 caller who plagued emergency services for as long as seven years was a lonely man who wanted someone to care for him, Truro magistrates heard.

Carl McKenzie, aged 50, of Brookside, Chacewater, who has previously been jailed for making hoax calls to the emergency services, was before the magistrates for breaching an antisocial behaviour order (Asbo) imposed last year for a similar offence.

Alison May, for the prosecution, said McKenzie was made subject to an Asbo in September and told not to call 999 or engage others to call on his behalf unless it was a genuine emergency, not to cause nuisance to the emergency service or engage anybody else to do so on his behalf and not to act in a way which threatened or alarmed anyone or caused them to fear for their safety.

On February 25 at 8.35pm McKenzie dialled 999 and was put through to the police.

He simply gave an address at Chacewater, and a police vehicle was sent to his home, next door to the address he had given. He was recognised by the police, who had dealt with him before, and said he was confused about the order.

McKenzie had used curfew equipment fitted at his house to make the call.

His previous convictions had incurred prison sentences and he had been released from the most recent one a week before this offence – his third breach of the Asbo.

Elliott Moore, his solicitor, said McKenzie had suffered problems with alcohol since the death of his mother some years ago and had a long history of making 999 calls.

"There is a feeling of loneliness about him, wanting to be cared for by others," he said, adding that at one time he had been in a nursing home for respite care.

McKenzie was given a 12-week prison sentence suspended for a year, and the Asbo is to remain in place.

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