Hamilton teen meddles in Guy murder case
"A Hamilton teenager who fed police false information about a high-profile killing claims he was "just trying to help", after watching a television show. Police say Andrew Colin George Jacobs, 18, formerly of Feilding, called an inquiry hotline after an episode of Police Ten 7 appealed for information about the killing of Feilding farmer Scott Guy...Jacobs, who now lives in Waikato, appeared in Hamilton District Court yesterday to enter a guilty plea to a charge of obstruction. In court, police prosecutor Sergeant Jock Simpson said Jacobs' false tip triggered an extensive follow-up enquiry and a lot of work was done...
Needless to say, this was traumatic for the family and not only wastes police time but can affect the operation of the investigation. This isn't the only apparent instance of false information being given:
...Guy's sister Nikki Guy yesterday said she was disappointed Jacobs had misled the police. "It's just frustrating because we just want the truth - that's the most important thing. "That's what we all want," she said. Officer in charge of the case, Detective Inspector Sue Schwalger, said she could not comment on the case until after Jacobs was sentenced. It's not the first time police have had to deal with false leads in the Guy case. In November Manawatu prisoner Shaun Francis Whittaker, 34, was further jailed for three months after telling police he could name a friend who confessed to shooting Guy. He was also ordered to pay $8545.10 to police for wasting their time. In December a 16-year-old boy was referred to police youth aid after providing false information.
Schwalger previously told media that the false leads were "disheartening" for those working on the case."
Maybe I'm missing something here, but it appears to be a very different story when psychics make baseless claims about unsolved cases.
In this case, psychic Lisa Williams "channelled" Guy.
The media articles say "she was told his killers' first names were Mark and Joey. A cousin of Guy's who was in the audience became upset and started crying during the show, said one audience member." and "Williams described some circumstances of the killing last July 8 that had been widely reported. She also claimed a white or grey sedan was used by the killers to flee the scene." (It is worth noting that person charged with the murder first name is "Kerry")
The police reaction there?
"Police said they were aware of the names and were checking them against their suspect list..."
Detective Inspector Sue Schwalger said the investigation team was aware of Williams' claims. She said: "Any information the team receives in respect of Scott Guy's murder, irrespective of where it comes from, will be looked at, evaluated and assessed against the information we currently have."
One senior private investigator said police could not afford to dismiss information from psychics - especially in complex "whodunnit" investigations. Ron McQuilter, managing director of Paragon Investigations, said: "With psychics, you are damned if you do and damned if you don't. You can't ignore it in case it turns out to be significant. If that means a psychic, then that means a psychic."
Certainly no charges for wasting police time or obstructing justice that I can tell even after they are proved to be baseless claims and useless in bringing anything new to the investigation. Rather there is acceptance of the claims as ones that need to be taken seriously despite the fact that are clearly aware they are not anything remotely like witness reports but revelations claimed to come from the dead and from the outset they have no basis in any real life facts the police are investigating outside of possible coincidental correlations. That's not to mention the obvious that in making these claims, usually in a dramatic and very public fashion, garners publicity and can lend them the air of credibility as it appears they are being taken seriously. The possible exploitation of a tragic situation aspect is ignored by police who appear to treat psychic claims as being as neutral and as credible as any other report.
Needless to say, it's understandable that police would place credit in an report that apparently is giving some real information pertinent to the case even if it turns out later the person was misleading the police. The diffence in how it's treated is they do assess the information just the same, but if it turns out to be a deliberate false lead actually confront the issue and deal appropriately with the people concerned. These psychic reports would be as disruptive to the case and as misleading as those who fed the police with false information but without using the guise of psychic ability and could mean that followup of credible information that could help the investigation is delayed or not done at all. Possibly this is even worse than those that ring in, because with the widespread dissemination of false information as psychic predictions are reported in the media that could affect memory, distorting what people recall about the case.