999 hoaxer asked po­lice for ‘hit­man’

Belfast Telegraph - - NEWS - BY NEVIN FAR­RELL

A Co Antrim man who called 999 and told po­lice he “wanted a hit­man” has been given a onemonth sus­pended sen­tence.

Mark An­thony Ten­chio (40), from Main Street, Port­glenone, also told the po­lice he was in pos­ses­sion of a 9mm pis­tol.

Bal­ly­mena Mag­is­trates’ Court heard that a caller with an English ac­cent was put through to a po­lice dis­patcher and in­di­cated he “wanted a hit­man”, be­fore say­ing he had a gun and was go­ing to shoot some­one, but would not say who.

The phone op­er­a­tor kept him talk­ing and when the de­fen­dant gave his ad­dress, a PSNI Armed Re­sponse Unit was sent out to the call which turned out to be a hoax. The op­er­a­tion cost the po­lice £2,500.

Ten­chio, orig­i­nally from Eng­land, pleaded guilty to mak­ing the hoax call and wast­ing po­lice time. De­fence so­lic­i­tor Con­nel Trainor said his client, who had men­tal health is­sues, had en­gaged in a “very am­a­teur­ish” man­ner with po­lice.

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