A MAN who repeatedly called the emergency services and falsely told them he had killed someone has been given a community order.
Damian Nixon, of Hillson Drive, Fareham, appeared at Fareham Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday and admitted six counts of calling the emergency services without a genuine emergency, which breached an anti-social behaviour order placed on him.
When he drinks alcohol, this belief becomes a reality and he tells the emergency services genuinely believing that it has happened.Becky Strong, defence
The court heard that 46-year-old Nixon suffers from mental health issues and psychosis, for which he is taking medication.
His defence Becky Strong said that Nixon is also an alcoholic and when he is drunk, he ‘genuinely believes’ that he has killed someone.
She said: ‘When he drinks alcohol, this belief becomes a reality and he tells the emergency services genuinely believing that it has happened.’
She said that operators have now become accustomed to Nixon’s calls and that his name is flagged up on their system.
She said the last time he called them, the operator told Nixon to ‘sleep it off’.
Ms Strong added: ‘It is a sad situation. He does not want to come before a court or to be in trouble.’
The court heard that Nixon calls 101 and tells the operator that he has got drunk and gone to a house and stabbed two or three people inside and then run off.
He was given an ASBO which bans him from calling the emergency services without a genuine emergency in November 2013.
But despite this being in place indefinitely, he called the emergency services on April 15, 16, 20, 23, 25, and 27.
He was arrested in June and immediately confessed.
Chairwoman of the magistrates Pauline Tilt said: ‘It seems we are on a bit of a roundabout.’
Magistrates sentenced Nixon to an 18-month community order, under which he must attend 40 days of an alcohol treatment programme.
He must also pay £180 court costs, £85 of prosection costs and a £60 victim surcharge.
Speaking from the dock, Nixon thanked the magistrates and said: ‘I have a real bad drink problem.’