Grand Theft Auto fan calls ambulance after video game character is shot

Grand Theft Auto fan calls ambulance after video game character is shot
Published: 2014 December 23 10:36:02 (10215 Views)
A video gamer David Helens, of South Shields, Tyne and Wear, dialled 999 to report that one of his Grand Theft Auto characters had been shot.

He admitted making the malicious 12 minute 999 call on November 8, and was sentenced to a 12 month community order.

He was ordered to complete 120 hours of unpaid work and will be subject to a supervision requirement of 18 months.

Ambulances were called to Helens' house after he told emergency operators that 'Max' was slipping in and out of consciousness after being shot.

He said he believed Max was dead before saying that he had been attacked.

Helens did some fake screaming and shouting and two ambulances were sent to the house.

The call taker, from North East Ambulance Service (NEAS), told the court, in a victim impact statement that she had been left 'shaken' by the incident.

Prosecutor Christopher Rose said: 'The caller said he was at an address and that he was with another man called Max who had suffered a gunshot injury to his chest.

'He said the man was slipping in an out of consciousness and bleeding badly.

'An ambulance had to be dispatched and, once the call handler was told the man had stopped breathing, and that he might be dead, this information had to be treated as a possible cardiac arrest and a second ambulance was called.'



He added: 'The defendant then said he himself had been attacked by a third person and feigned screaming and shouting.

'The call taker said that this caused her to be very concerned for his safety and that of "Max".'

Helens said he knew of the inconvenience he had caused to the ambulance and police services.

Laura Johnson, defending, said: 'It would appear that the phone call made to the emergency services coincided with him playing a violent shooting game on his computer.

'He tells me that he has very little recollection of the phone call.

'Mr Helens has significant health needs. He is deaf in his left ear, partially blind in his left eye and has speech problems.'

A spokesman for NEAS, said: 'We welcome the result of this court case.

'This inappropriate call lasted 12 minutes and resulted in the dispatch of two ambulances, resources which will have been needed elsewhere for genuine emergencies.

'I hope it sends out a clear message to others who might consider misusing our services or abusing or assaulting our staff.'

Helen was told he must pay £85 in costs and a £60 victim surcharge.



Source - Metro

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