A RESIDENT at an Ilfracombe nursing home has pleaded guilty to making nuisance 999 calls.
Robert Charles Jordan, 51, called police nine times in just a few hours on August 6 and was aggressive and abusive during a number of those calls.
He pleaded guilty to the offence on Friday at North Devon Magistrates’ Court but told the bench he made the calls because he was concerned about his former landlady.
He also admitted breaching a suspended sentence.
Lyndsey Baker, for the prosecution, told the court how Jordan’s first call was to ask police to check on the welfare of his former landlady in South Molton, because he had been unable to get hold of her.
Police visited and spoke to the woman then called Jordan to tell him all was well.
But Jordan, of Hilldales Residential Home, refused to accept that and called back twice asking for another check to be carried out.
When he was told one had been done he called back and reported the woman missing then made two abusive calls to police call handlers.
The calls were traced to a phone box and officers went to it. They did not find Jordan but did speak to a shop keeper who gave his description.
A short while later there was another call where Jordan reported a group of 20 men were standing outside the woman’s home.
The shopkeeper called police to say Jordan was back and when officers again went to the phone box they found Jordan nearby.
Tim Hook, for the defence, said Jordan made the repeated calls because he did not believe police had checked on the woman.
He also said it was ironic Jordan was in breach of his suspended sentence because of this offence.
His original sentence was given in February, when he was also handed a restraining order stopping him visiting the woman.
“He didn’t go to South Molton because of the restraining order and as a result has ended up here today having committed a different offence,” he said.
Presiding magistrate Jane Kivlin handed Jordan a four-week curfew between the hours of 7pm and 7am, fined him £20 and made him pay a £60 victim surcharge.
“The calls were a considerable nuisance,” she said.
“It cost the public purse, took up the police’s time and caused aggravation to the call handlers.”