Fake cop avoids jail sentence

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A Nuthall man took revenge on a pub bouncer by claiming to be a policeman and trying to ‘arrest’ him, a court heard.

Andrew Molloy, 22, has no connection with the police but decided to get his own back on the bouncer after being thrown out of the Company Inn, in Castle Wharf, Nottingham.

He was wearing black clothes and an earpiece and carrying what appeared to be a police radio when he confronted the bouncer, telling him he was under arrest.

Molloy, of Oak Drive, then dialled “999”, told the operator he was from West Midlands Police and had cautioned and arrested the doorman.

He has now appeared at Nottingham Magistrates’ Court and pleaded guilty to impersonating a police officer

It was the third time Molloy had played the stunt, the court was told. “The doorman believed he was a police officer, due to the dark clothes he was wearing, and the earpiece,” said Daniel Pietryka, prosecuting.

When Molloy was arrested, his “earpiece” turned out to be a simple headphone to listen to music, the court was told. There was no “police radio”, just anormal mobile phone.

District Judge Leo Pyle said it was a “simple act of revenge” and sentenced Molloy to ten weeks in prison, suspended for six months.

He also ordered him to observe a curfew for six months, between 8pm and 6am, and pay a victim surcharge of £80 and £85 costs.

“This is the third time you have come before the court for impersonating a police officer,” said the judge.

Molloy had drunk nine pints at the pub alone when he was lawfully ordered to leave because of disorderly behaviour, the court was told.

After his arrest, he said he had “water on the brain”, also called hydrocephalus, which resulted in him doing things wrong when he was drunk.

“He couldn’t remember being ejected or being a police officer,” said Mr Pietryka.

Defence solicitor Finbarr Hennessy told the judge it was an unusual case.

The 999 call his client made had been played back to him and there was no doubt he was impersonating a policeman.

“Drink has played a part,” said Mr Hennessy.

Mr Hennessy also said that Molloy, who wore black for the hearing, was seeking treatment for the “psychiatric element” and hydrocephalus.