Police told to arrest 45-stone pizza fraudster

An arrest warrant has been issued for 45-stone pizza fraudster Liam Johnston after he failed to appear at Livingston Sheriff Court for sentence.
An arrest warrant has been issued for 45-stone pizza fraudster Liam Johnston after he failed to appear at Livingston Sheriff Court for sentence.
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An arrest warrant has been granted for a 45-stone pizza fraudster after he failed to turn up at court again.

Liam Johnston, 22, who is classed as morbidly obese, had been “invited” to appear for sentence at Livingston Sheriff Court after failing to attend on numerous occasions.

It’s the second time a warrant has been granted, but a previous one was withdrawn after he promised to turn up, then claimed he was unfit to attend.

Johnston pled guilty through a lawyer last year to obtaining £120 worth of pizzas by fraud in June 2012.

He pretended to takeaway worker Zaffer Ahmed that he was the lawful holder of a credit card in the name of an unknown holder and fraudulently paid for four giant, slap-up meals.

The cheapest of the pizza feasts delivered to his then home in Whitburn was £28.49 and the dearest £33.99.

Johnston was ordered to pay compensation to Domino’s Pizzas in Bathgate, West Lothian, and to produce proof of payment to the court when he appeared for sentence.

But when the case called again today there was still no sign of Johnston.

His lawyer Andy Aitken claimed his client was medically unfit to attend court because of his weight problem and asked for a new date to be made available.

But Sheriff Martin Edington granted a warrant for Johnston’s arrest.

At an earlier hearing the sheriff and court officials had to hold a special court on the ground floor of West Lothian Civic Centre after Johnston’s agent said he was incapable of climbing the stairs.

His lawyers have previously claimed that he suffers from depression and rarely, if ever, leaves his home in Livingston, West Lothian.

Pals of Johnston said he was now considering having an operation to have a gastric band fitted, a procedure carried out on around 50 obese patients a year in Scotland.

He is believed to have a Body Mass Indicator (BMI) of more than 85. The BMI for a person of normal weight ranges from 18.5 - 24.9