Fake police officers pay for prank

OWEN Lyndsey Simpson, 20, and Matthew Semple-Ashlin, 19, were no longer pretending to be police officers when they appeared in Rockhampton Magistrates Court.

The pair were charged with assuming the designation or design of a police officer in March when they played a prank on Simpson's ex-girlfriend.

Simpson was celebrating his birthday when the drunk mates decided to call Simpson's former partner and pretend to be a Gracemere police officer called Mark.

Police prosecutor Karen Dunham said they called Simpson's ex-girlfriend on Simpson's phone, saying that her car had been caught speeding.

Ms Dunham said the girl discovered it was her ex-partner through Facebook and she had broken up with Dunham several months beforehand.

The duty lawyer representing the men, Anne Knight, said her clients had been "exceedingly drunk" when they decided to make prank calls.

Ms Knight said they later realised the seriousness of their actions, but when they tried to call Simpson's ex-girlfriend to apologise she did not answer.

Acting Magistrate Tom Bradshaw fined Simpson and Semple-Ashlin $400 each.



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