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Serial 999 nuisance claimed to be the Duke of Edinburgh

By West Briton  |  Posted: September 21, 2013

A MAN who called 999 nearly 60 times only to swear at the operators and on one occasion pretend to be the Duke of Edinburgh has been given an antisocial behaviour order (Asbo).

Carl Dominic Mackenzie, 49, of Brookside, Chacewater, who said he was registered blind, pleaded guilty at Truro Magistrates' Court to sending a grossly offensive message on August 6; to persistently sending communications on August 13 and 14 causing inconvenience or anxiety; and to using threatening behaviour at Camborne bus station on August 7.

Gail Hawkley, for the prosecution, said during a number of calls to the 999 emergency service he would tell operators to "f*** off" and called them "d***heads" and other offensive names, asking to speak to a woman police officer.

When the police interviewed him he showed no remorse for making the calls and seemed unable to grasp that they had not been emergencies.

On August 13 and 14 the South West Ambulance Service Trust received 21 calls from Mackenzie, who on one occasion claimed to be the Duke of Edinburgh.

He first threatened to take an overdose, then said he had a knife and then said he would slit his wrists.

Ms Hawkley said: "This year alone he has dialled 999 inappropriately 59 times."

On August 7 he was drunk at the bus station in Camborne, shouting and screaming abuse at the top of his voice.

He stopped a bus driver from entering a staff door and his behaviour shocked members of the public. On that occasion he told police: "I need help."

Mackenzie, who had previous convictions, was made subject to a one-year community order including an alcohol treatment requirement and supervision.

The magistrates also imposed an Asbo banning him from calling the emergency services except in a genuine emergency, causing nuisance to the services and acting in a manner that would cause a person to fear for their safety.

Mackenzie had to pay £145 costs and surcharge.

During the hearing he suffered a panic attack and had to be removed from the court for a short time until he had recovered.

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