Guilty plea for Tsunami email hoaxer

A 40 year-old man pleaded guilty yesterday to sending hoax emails to friends and relatives of British people missing following the Tsunami disaster.

Christopher Pierson, of Ruskington Lincolnshire sent 35 emails purporting to be from the Foreign Office Bureau in Thailand, in which he announced the deaths of missing people. He had obtained the addresses and details of relatives from messages they had posted on the Sky News website.

All the emails were sent from the same address, So Pierson, a father of two, was easy to track down. He was arrested on Sunday in a joint operation between Metropolitan Police and Lincolnshire Police and his computer equipment was seized.

In the dock at Horseferry Road Magistrates' Court in London Pierson pleaded guilty to causing a public nuisance and a charge under Section 1 of the Malicious Communications Act.

As the British death toll rises, the confirmed death total in South Asia has capped the 150,000 mark.

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