A MARRIED love cheat told his girlfriend he had been kidnapped – so he could sneak off to visit a new lover.
Warren Green left his wife and children to travel to Edinburgh from his home in London to see girlfriend Chelsea Linn, but ended up getting a friend to tell her he had been kidnapped.
Green, 33, claimed he had been bundled into a car by two men and then punched and kicked as he lay chained to a radiator in a city centre flat.
A frantic Ms Linn, who called in police to investigate, then received another call the following day to say Green had been released from his ordeal.
But when Green eventually turned up at the woman’s home in Oxgangs, armed police swooped on him.
The cheat then continued the kidnap story when quizzed by officers, but his story soon began to unravel and he eventually admitted he had made the whole story up so he could “sneak off to see another girl”.
Father-of-two Green, from London, appeared at Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday, where he admitted to falsely representing to police officers that he had been abducted, assaulted and held to ransom on April 5 and 6 last year.
A not guilty plea to conspiring to extort money from Ms Linn by claiming he had been abducted and held to ransom was accepted by the Crown.
Fiscal depute Gerard Drugan had previously told Edinburgh Sheriff Court that Green had continued to maintain he had been kidnapped during a police interview at Ms Linn’s home.
Mr Drugan said: “Officers asked him what had happened and he said he had been approached by two white males and taken away in a VW Passat.
“He had a hood placed over his head and was driven away. He was taken to a third-floor flat and taken into the bedroom. He was then chained to a radiator by the left ankle and then kicked and punched.”
But his story soon began to fall apart when police forensically checked Green’s clothing and phone records. The two so-called abductors were traced to a house in Durar Drive but told officers they had no knowledge of any abduction.
Further investigations led police to view CCTV footage from a city centre bookmaker’s where the three men were seen “greeting each other” with a fist bump and were spotted “laughing” together during their meeting prior to the kidnap claim.
And when the love rat was eventually arrested he told officers he had made the whole story up so he could “sneak off to see another girl”.
Solicitor David Patterson said that his client had “instantly regretted” making up the story and the whole thing “started off as a joke”.
Mr Patterson said Green was a married man with two children to a woman in London and was currently working as a kitchen porter. Green’s two accomplices were subsequently found to be in the country illegally and both have since been deported.
Sheriff Frank Crowe ordered Green to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work in the community and also placed him on a 12-month supervision order.