Tuesday 21 November 2017

Bigamist 'fooled GP by dressing as a man'

Rod Minchin in Taunton

A judge yesterday ordered a psychiatric report to be compiled on a serial bigamist who fooled a doctor into giving her sleeping pills by dressing as a man.

Judge Graham Hume Jones said he wanted to know more about Emily Horne before he passed sentence.

She had arrived at Taunton Crown Court expecting to be sentenced after admitting to magistrates two offences of fraud by false representation to obtain prescription drugs.

Horne, of Whitstone Hill, Pilton, Somerset, had also asked for three similar offences to be taken into consideration.

She was still subject to a suspended sentence imposed in Manchester in 2009 when she committed these offences.

However, the judge told Horne's barrister, Rebecca Bradbury, that he was adjourning sentence for six weeks until a psychiatric report had been prepared.

"I have got the pre-sentence report saying she wants to go to prison but I have got a letter from her partner saying don't send her to prison," the judge said.

"This has got to be investigated.

"Your client is a thoroughly dishonest woman and, if one is being a cynic, it is very difficult to accept what is said in the pre-sentence report, particularly what is being said in the medical conclusions.

"I do not accept half the stuff the Probation Service has been told."

"It seems to me the only way this will be resolved is with a full medical and psychiatric report."

Irish Independent

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