Man impersonated others in calls

By Melissa Nightingale

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A Whanganui man has admitted impersonating others on the phone illegally.

Jarred Munro appeared in the Whanganui District Court on Tuesday where he pleaded guilty to three counts of using a phone for a fictitious purpose.

Judge Dugald Matheson said Munro was "being a nuisance and misusing a telephone by contacting the victims and giving them information that was incorrect, inappropriate, and downright illegal".

Charging documents show Munro called one victim on February 8 pretending to be her flatmate and "instructing her that she must move out of her address".

On February 9 he called another victim, impersonating their landlord, saying the victim must move out of their address as well.

He made another call that day, impersonating another victim's tenant, "informing her that he will not be paying further rent and that he should be evicted from the address".

Defence lawyer Anna Brosnahan said Munro "doesn't really know the people involved".

Munro had mental health concerns, the court heard.

"It seems as though there is an element of boredom going on," Ms Brosnahan said.

Judge Dugald Matheson said Munro needed to "face the consequences".

"You must stop doing this, Jarred, do you understand?" he said.

Munro was sentenced last month to community work for similar charges.

Judge Matheson sentenced Munro to a further 200 hours of community work.

- Wanganui Chronicle

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