Galashiels man facing £450 court bill over false report of death to police

Balmoral Avenue's Ronald Lloyd has admitted falsely reporting a death elsewhere in Galashiels.
Balmoral Avenue's Ronald Lloyd has admitted falsely reporting a death elsewhere in Galashiels.

A man has admitted telephoning the police during the early hours of New Year’s Day and claiming a former partner was dead and that someone was trying to dispose of her body illicitly.

Ronald Lloyd, 52, of Balmoral Avenue, Galashiels, pleaded guilty to a charge of wasting police time and rendering the public likely to be suspected of false accusations including the theft of a body.

Procurator fiscal Graham Fraser told Selkirk Sheriff Court said: “Police got a call at about 4.40am saying to go to an address at Hazeldean sheltered housing at the Windyknowe Road, saying there was a body being disposed of.

“The accused reported that his ex-partner had died and a friend was trying to dispose of the body in a panic.”

Responding to that claim, police officers went to the sheltered housing complex and woke up residents there shortly before 5am but found no trace of Lloyd’s former partner, Valerie Forsyth.

She was eventually tracked down safe and well at another property.

Mr Fraser said Lloyd, after being challenged by police officers, could offer no explanation as to why he had made the false claim but accepted that he was responsible.

The value of police time wasted was put at £312, the court heard.

Defence lawyer Mat Patrick said his client had taken the end of his long-term relationship with his partner very badly.

Sheriff Peter Paterson fined Lloyd £250 and ordered him to pay £200 compensation to Police Scotland.