Man with personality disorder to be detained in mental hospital after bogus 999 calls

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A REDDITCH man with a mixed personality disorder who made bogus 999 calls has been ordered to be detained in a mental hospital so he can receive treatment.

Guy Turner, aged 50, of Greenfields, had admitted breaching a criminal antisocial behaviour order by phoning 999 wrongly between August 4 and 7 last year.

He also appeared at Worcester Crown Court for sentencing after admitting being convicted of an offence while under a community order imposed last July for three breaches of an ASBO and one of racially or religiously motivated assault.

Judge Toby Hooper QC imposed a restriction order to make sure that Turner receives treatment in hospital for his mental health conditions, which include a mixed personality disorder, for as long as necessary.

The judge said Turner had 22 previous convictions, involving a total of 54 offences, including two assaults. And although nobody had been seriously harmed during those offences, he accepted evidence from a clinical psychiatrist stating that there was significant risk that might happen in the future.

Dr Christopher Oyede, of the Hill Crest psychiatric unit in Redditch, told the court he believed Turner needed a "considerable length of time" in a rehabilitation unit.

Michael Aspinall, defending, said that Turner felt he was not receiving the treatment he needed at Hill Crest and that he would have better treatment in the community.

The judge said that Turner failed to understand that the 999 calls he had made would divert resources, including ambulances, and impede people’s access to emergency services.

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