Man Fakes His Own Suicide

Hoax call sparks extensive sea and air search
JASON Baugh sparked a major air and sea search off the Lincolnshire coast in 1999 when he faked his suicide, magistrates heard.
Personal belongings and clothes were found on the beach at Skegness after Baugh made a hoax telephone call to the coastguard, the court at Skegness was told.
Baugh, 30, of Magdalen Road, Norwich, pleaded guilty to making a hoax telephone call, intending to cause annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety.
Finding Baugh £250, magistrate Mr Geoff Smith said: “You put a lot of people to a lot of inconvenience and the court won’t stand for that.”
Telephone call
Had he been in a better financial position, he would have received a greater penalty, said Mr Smith.
Prosecuting, Mr John Mitchell said that after Baugh’s belongings were found on the beach, police launched a missing person’s enquiry.
Baugh made a telephone call to the coastguard and an extensive air and sea search swung into action.
Police enquiries revealed that on August 30 last year Baugh rented a room at a Skegness bed and breakfast establishment. The following day he had contacted his wife to say he would be going for a swim in the sea and told his landlady a similar story.
During their enquiries police contacted a property management company, who said that a man had paid in cash six months’ rent in advance for a room in Norwich.
A search of the room revealed six rounds of .22 ammunition.
When interviewed by police Baugh had said he had intended to drop out of sight and take on a new identity.
Mr Mitchell said the total cost of the air and sea search was not known.
For Baugh, Mr David Eager said his client had had enough of his life in his own name. He had suffered various tragedies and had felt he could not cope any more.
He returned to his roots in Skegness with a plan to fake his suicide. His plan was that the old Mr Baugh would cease to exist and he would start a new life in a new name.
“He wasn’t trying to get away from his debts. He was going to make payments of these debts, albeit under a new name,” said Mr Eager.
“What he was not thinking about was the effect his telephone call would have on the coastguard.”
In the time the emergency services were dealing with this matter, a real tragedy could have occurred, but fortunately it didn’t,” said Mr Eager.
There was no sinister motive behind his possession of the ammunition. It was simply something he had failed to clear out.
Baugh was given a 12-month conditional discharge for the ammunition offence.


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