Published: 01/08/2012 13:30 - Updated: 02/08/2012 11:39

Horror film hoaxer sparked robbery probe in Inverness

Sheriff Court signA MAN went to police and made up a story that he had been robbed at knifepoint and his wallet had been stolen in the Hilton area of Inverness.

He based the robber on a character he has seen in a horror movie on TV the night before while taking drink and drugs.

But police became suspicious about Rory Macdonald’s claims when they investigated his false claims, Inverness Sheriff Court has heard.

Depute Fiscal Eilidh Robertson told the court on Tuesday that Macdonald had rented a room in the Grosvenor Hotel in Inverness and had told the woman running the establishment that he had lost his key for the room.

“She told him it would cost him £3 for a new one but he said his wallet has been stolen and his key was in his wallet.”

The fiscal said he was told by the woman he should report the matter to the police and he went to Burnett Road Police Station where he told officers he had been robbed the previous night in Hilton at knifepoint.

He gave a description of the thief and said his wallet had contained £91 he got from the sale of a television.

“Police spoke to the man he supposedly sold the TV to and found there were discrepancies in the story the accused had given them.”

The fiscal said they interviewed Macdonald again and he told them he had been drinking vodka and taken Valium and made the story up having watched a film the night before called 'Insidious'.

“He based the person who had robbed him on a character in the film,” said Ms Robertson.

Macdonald (22) now of Kenneth Street, Inverness, admitted on January 16 at Burnett Road Police Station wasting police time by falsely claiming to police officers that he was robbed by a male in the Hilton area of Inverness and his wallet containing £91 was stolen.

Sheriff Alasdair MacFadyen adjourned the case for community justice social work reports but told Macdonald all sentencing options remained open.

He will be sentenced on August 23.

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