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Nuisance caller breached ASBO by sending emails to police

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: July 14, 2014

Benjamin Dakin - Burton Magistrates Court - Carrying a concealed knife

Benjamin Dakin - Burton Magistrates Court - Carrying a concealed knife

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A BURTON man who was banned from making any contact with police except in a genuine emergency has breached an ASBO handed to him by magistrates.

Benjamin Dakin, 20, of Thornley Street, was handed the order after admitting to making persistent calls to Police Scotland just days after a helicopter crashed into Glasgow’s Clutha Bar.

He was told that he must not contact any police force in the UK unless it was to report a genuine emergency. Moira Bell, prosecuting, told magistrates that between May 26 and 31, he sent 10 emails to officers from Staffordshire Police after finding their addresses online in which he sent abuse and asked to be arrested.

Magistrates were told that Dakin, who suffers with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome, has been trying to find voluntary work to keep himself occupied and work on his ability to form relationships with others.

Probation officer Saul Malloy said: “I’m very familiar with Mr Dakin’s previous convictions. Following his previous offence, he had his phone taken away, which caused him to lose contact with someone he was building a relationship with. As a result he felt quite sad and this is what caused him to go looking for the details of police and send the emails.”

He added that people with autism and Asperger’s Syndrome often develop a keen interest in particular subject areas and that Dakin is currently interested in the police, which was a contributing factor to his emails.

Mr Molloy told magistrates that he was concerned Dakin might attempt to punish himself by self-harming and is unlikely to benefit from any form of custodial sentence as he is a vulnerable individual. He also said that previous financial penalties handed to Dakin have been paid by his parents instead.

Magistrates adjourned the case until August 26 so that a psychiatric report can be prepared before Dakin is sentenced.

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