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Hoax 'Nicki Minaj' caller warned he is putting lives at risk

By Nevin Farrell

A man who claimed he was a US pop star with a ghost in his house has been warned he could be putting lives in danger by constantly abusing the 999 emergency service.

Stephen Brown (24), of Cairn Walk in Crumlin, Co Antrim, was jailed for four months yesterday for breaching an Anti-Social Behaviour Order (ASBO) which bans him from abusing the emergency phone number.

At Antrim County Court, where Brown was appealing the length of an eight month sentence for the offences, defence barrister Aaron Thompson said the defendant is a chronic alcoholic and "is his own worst enemy".

Judge Desmond Marrinan QC said police resources are very stretched and to call out a car when something serious could be occurring could lead to people who need help not getting it.

He said Brown was a "nuisance" but said it was clear he needs help.

The judge reduced the jail term to four months.

Brown is banned from making non-emergency calls on the 999 number by an ASBO which was taken out because of a spate of similar time-wasting antics.

Brown made two calls within five minutes of each other to the emergency services on Christmas Day last year, a court heard.

During the first call he claimed two men were making threats to kill him but was too intoxicated to provide more information.

A prosecutor said he rang again saying he wanted to cancel the first call and during the second call he also claimed to be US popstar Nicki Minaj and said there was a poltergeist in his house.

The court was told the phone calls were in breach of a previous ASBO, which banned him from using the emergency number.

At that time Brown was released on bail but banned from possessing and consuming alcohol and also banned from dialling 999, except in a real emergency.

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