Monday, March 17, 2008

Jail term for accidental 911 call

An accidental call to 911 in Ontario, Canada landed a man in jail.

Geoffrey Hyde was convicted in November of assaulting his girlfriend and was placed on 18 months probation, prohibiting him from contacting the girlfriend. Despite the court order, Hyde was at his former girlfriend’s house on February 26. While attempting to program his cellphone, the man accidentally dialed 911.

The man hung up when the call was answered but a 911 operator called him back. During the conversation, the conditions of the man's probation order were revealed and police were dispatched.

Hyde has spent 17 days in pre-sentence custody. Justice Robert Graydon found time-served was sufficient. "You go back to her apartment and you’re going to end up back in custody," Graydon warned. (info from the Peterborough Examiner)

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