Serial hoaxer jailed

SERIAL hoax caller Sarah Hill has been sent back to prison for six weeks.The 21-year-old, who has now been sentenced four times for making false calls to the emergency services, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

SERIAL hoax caller Sarah Hill has been sent back to prison for six weeks.

The 21-year-old, who has now been sentenced four times for making false calls to the emergency services, appeared at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court.

Hill's solicitor told the court he could not find an explanation for her behaviour but said it may have stemmed from the death of her step-father, who died in a car crash.

Hill, of Kildare Avenue, Ipswich, who suffers from epilepsy and attention deficiency syndrome admitted to the three counts of improper use of a telecom system by making false calls to the ambulance and fire service.

Her solicitor Craig Marchant said: "She indicated to me that she is feeling pretty bad as to what she has done, I would take that as being sorry but she doesn't understand why she did it, so it's very difficult for her to say 'I'm extremely sorry for what I have done.'"

He said that Hill had been in and out of custody since her 20th birthday for making hoax calls.

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"It's a very sad story. There doesn't appear to be an explanation. I have tried to find one."

He told the court that Hill grew up in Ipswich with her mother, step-father and her brothers and sisters. She went to Northgate High School before going to a boarding school in Halstead, Essex, which she left when she was 17. She then started a course in animal care.

"Her step-father died affecting her greatly," he said. He added that soon after her mother effectively threw her out of the family home and since then Hill has been living in friends' houses.

"What is quite clear is that this behaviour is not normal. If someone was to take the time to talk to her and get to the bottom maybe there is a reason - maybe it can be treated."

Hill, who has three children, all of who are in care and do not have contact with her, made a silent 999 call to the fire service from a phone booth in Surbiton Road, Ipswich on January 20.

The fire crew, who answered the call found her in the booth when they got there and she was arrested by the police.

Three days later in a phone booth in Major's Corner, Ipswich, she made another silent 999 call to the fire service, again the firefighters found her in the booth, but this time she was still on the phone. When a member of the crew took the phone away from her, it was discovered that she was making a hoax call to the ambulance service.

Chairman of the bench Patrick Oudkerk gave Hill credit for her guilty plea, but he said the matter was so serious that only a prison sentence could be justified.

She was sentenced to six weeks imprisonment and did not have to pay court costs.

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