Feeds

Kidnap hoax woman gets first mobile ASBO

No pay-as-you-go phone for five years

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

High performance access to file storage

A law student has been handed a five-year anti-social behaviour order (ASBO) banning her from using pay-as-you-go mobiles after calling and texting a former schoolfriend's mother claiming her daughter had been kidnapped, the BBC reports. Angela Sarna, 21, also earned herself a two-year jail sentence after the judge at Leicester Crown Court told her: "I find this a very worrying and disturbing case. This was not just a one-off act of stupidity, this was a prolonged and deliberate hoax that lasted five days. I have no other hesitation in saying this must qualify for a custodial sentence."

The scam unfolded after Sapna Kattri left her parents' home following "family difficulties" on 28 April. On 1 June, Sarna called the missing girl's mother - Meena Kumani - several times, asking to speak to her daughter. Later on the same day, Sarna called again, this time pretending to be Kattri. She then sent a text message claiming that Kattri's boyfriend had kidnapped her and forced her to become a prostitute.

On 4 June the police contacted Sarna, who continued to pretend to be the missing woman. She was arrested the next day at home in Dudley and initially insisted that her former boyfriend had forced her to make the calls. He was questioned for nine hours but later released without charge. Sarna finally cracked after eight interviews and admitted her guilt.

In court, Sarna's barrister said she felt "genuine remorse". The terms of the ASBO mean that Sarna can neither use a mobile phone that is not registered in her name nor use any mobile to make nuisance calls. ®

Related stories

UK pub quiz text cheat scandal
Pervert panic prompts pic phone bathing ban
Cops face mobe jingle ban

High performance access to file storage

More from The Register

next story
A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally
Breakfast in London, lunch in NYC, and your clothes in Peru
Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet
Maria Miller finally resigns over expenses row
Skype pimps pro-level broadcast service
Playing Cat and Mouse with the media
Beat it, freetards! Dyn to shut down no-cost dynamic DNS next month
... but don't worry, charter members, you're still in 'for life'
EE dismisses DATA-BURNING glitch with Orange Mail app
Bug quietly slurps PAYG credit - yet EE denies it exists
Like Google, Comcast might roll its own mobile voice network
Says anything's possible if regulators approve merger with Time Warner
Turnbull leaves Australia's broadband blackspots in the dark
New Statement of Expectations to NBN Co offers get-out clauses for blackspot builds
Facebook claims 100 MEEELLION active users in India
Who needs China when you've got the next billion in your sights?
prev story

Whitepapers

Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
HP ArcSight ESM solution helps Finansbank
Based on their experience using HP ArcSight Enterprise Security Manager for IT security operations, Finansbank moved to HP ArcSight ESM for fraud management.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Mobile application security study
Download this report to see the alarming realities regarding the sheer number of applications vulnerable to attack, as well as the most common and easily addressable vulnerability errors.