The man who cried fire

TEN hoax calls to 000 in one night was enough to send Bradley Scott Shipman to jail for one month.

Shipman, 39, of Riverdale Caravan Park, pleaded guilty in Bundaberg Magistrates Court this morning to falsely reporting a fire and to breaching bail conditions.

Police prosecutor Sergeant Barry Stevens said the emergency call centre on the Sunshine Coast received a 000 call about 12.30am on April 29 last year.

Sgt Stevens said the caller told the operators there was a fire behind the Uniting Church in John St, Gympie.

The court was told that over the next four hours, Shipman continued to call 000 another seven times saying there was a fire in Gympie.

Shipman called the emergency number two more times, this time reporting a fire in Bundaberg.

Defence lawyer Edwina Rowan said Shipman had a long history of struggling with alcohol.

"He does not remember making the calls but he has been prepared to admit to making this calls as he was using alcohol quite heavily at the time," she said.

Ms Batts sentenced Shipman to one month in prison, followed by two years probation.

Shipman was also sentenced to one month prison, wholly suspended, for failing to appear in court.
 



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