Runcorn & Widnes Weekly News
MAN’S DRUNKEN 999 CALL OVER BOGUS KNIFE ATTACK
ADRUNKEN hoax caller told 999 he was fighting off a gang of armed men in his house and had stabbed four of them.
His tall tale unravelled though when police arrived and he emerged from the back door and fell over.
David Brimlow, 34, of Porthleven Road, Brookvale, Runcorn, had made the emergency call at around 6.40pm on November 5 and remained on the line for 23 minutes.
Dafydd Roberts, prosecuting at Chester Crown Court, said Brimlow told the call handler he had been attacked by six to seven people armed with knives and he “had stabbed four of them”.
When officers arrived, Brimlow refused to let them in and told the call handler if the police went “through his door and he had his cleaver, if something happened it wouldn’t be his fault”, implying some kind of threat.
At least 12 Cheshire police officers were deployed and with Tasers drawn, they were in place to greet Brimlow as he first emerged from his back door then tumbled to the ground, where he was arrested for wasting police time.
Upon sobering up the next day he admitted to having been “10 out of 10 on the drunk scale”.
Mr Roberts said Brimlow’s past convictions included drunk and disorderly, drink driving and production of cannabis, namely 70 plants a year earlier on November 2 for which he received a 20-month suspended sentence and was in breach of at the time of his hoax call.
The grow was estimated to be worth £5,800 bulk or £69,000 in street value.
Brimlow’s defence fell to William Staunton, who said Brimlow had pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity to the single charge of improper use of a public communications network, had completed some of his unpaid work from his last conviction and had shown compliance with the other conditions of the suspended sentence order.
He added that Brimlow’s employers have been “so impressed” with Brimlow’s “love of work”, they offered him a full time job as a painter and decorator.
Mr Staunton said the pre-sentence report was “a positive one” and classed his client as a low risk to the public.
Brimlow had done some “soul-searching” and taken action to reduce his drinking and had stopped smoking cannabis, he added.
Mr Staunton said Brimlow could recall two empty vodka bottles, which hinted at how drunk he was, in addition to being “unable to stay on his feet when the police arrived”.
Judge Simon Berkson considered the sentencing options and imposed an 18-month community order with 100 hours of unpaid work, an 8pm-to6am curfew and 30 days on a rehabilitation requirement with an alcohol treatment requirement.
He rejected a request from Mr Staunton to vary the curfew to allow Brimlow to work away at weekends, reminding the barrister it was a punishment.
Sentencing Brimlow, Judge Berkson said the defendant had been “acting in a drunk and stupid way”.
He said: “This was a serious offence of its type on November 5 in breach of a suspended sentence order.
“You made a 999 telephone call when you were clearly intoxicated stating you were being attacked by six or seven people and they had knives and that you had stabbed four of them.
“Not surprisingly the police took this seriously.
“A number of officers were dispatched to the address.
“Upon their arrival they weren’t met by the scene described by you.”
Judge Berkson added: “I can see from your demeanour in the dock that perhaps things are improving for you and if you’re in employment you might be turning things around.”