Hoax caller sentenced

23/09/2014

A Coventry man who admitted making hoax calls to members of the public informing that their family member had died has today been sentenced to 16 weeks' imprisonment at Nuneaton Magistrates’ court.

Between Friday 6 June and Saturday 7 June 2014, 28-year-old Ashley Dodd randomly made telephone calls to eight families in the Bedworth area informing them that their family member had either died or had been involved in an accident and that they had to immediately attend the George Elliot Hospital in Nuneaton.

When the victims arrived at the hospital they were informed that the call was a hoax.

Following a police investigation, a mobile telephone was identified which was then linked to Dodd who was subsequently arrested and charged with eight counts of sending letter / communication / article conveying indecent //offensive message. He pleaded guilty to all the charges.

Gill Casey, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Over a two day period, fuelled by alcohol, Ashley Dodd randomly selected Bedworth landline numbers and called the victims in the middle of the night to inform them that their loved ones had either died or were in hospital.

"His malicious actions caused the victims to become extremely distressed and some, in a state of panic, even attended the hospital where they informed that it was in fact a cruel hoax.

"Having been arrested by the police, Dodd immediately confessed to what he had done and today he has paid the penalty for his callous acts."