Man who misled Claudia investigation is jailed
9:32am 5th April 2011
(Updated 9:35am 5th April 2011)
A man who disrupted the Claudia Lawrence investigation by claiming he knew where her body could be found was jailed for 18 months after admitting wasting police time.
It's been reported this morning that the man sent text messages to a Lincolnshire police officer and a barmaid giving an exact location of where the missing chef could be found claiming "I put her there".
As a result of the messages sent on the first anniversary of Claudia's disappearance North Yorkshire Police carried out a fruitless four day search of fields at The Outgang at Heslington near to York University.
The prosecuting told Lincoln Crown Court that the first text message was sent from the man's phone on 18 March 2010 exactly a year after Claudia disappeared with the second message sent the following day.
He admitted wasting 390 hours of police time in March 2010 at a cost of £13,500.
He was told that not only was police time completely wasted but the information falsely raised hopes of the missing person inquiry being resolved.
The Judge said the offence was so serious that the defendent had to serve an immediate jail sentence.
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