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Man faked own kidnap after missing court curfew

By Eamonn MacDermott

Published 12/08/2016

A man who rang police pretending to be a kidnapper and demanding a ransom forgot to turn his phone off after the call, Derry Magistrates Court has heard
A man who rang police pretending to be a kidnapper and demanding a ransom forgot to turn his phone off after the call, Derry Magistrates Court has heard

A man who rang police pretending to be a kidnapper and demanding a ransom forgot to turn his phone off after the call, Derry Magistrates Court has heard.

Conan Harkin (23), whose address was given as Maghaberry Prison, appeared charged with improper use of a communications network on June 6 last year.

The court heard Harkin phoned police claiming to be the kidnapper and stating that if he did not receive £200,000 by the next day Conan Harkin was "a dead man".

However, Harkin neglected to switch the phone off and police heard him say: "I am going to phone my dad and pretend that I am tied up." Police received a call from the defendant's father saying his son had been kidnapped.

Defence counsel Nicola Coulter said it was a "ridiculous response for being late for his curfew".

She said he has since had his licence revoked and been returned to prison. He was fined £250 for the offence.

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