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David Blackman chastised by Judge Philip Statman for blowing kiss to lover in dock

By Paul Hooper

A man has been reprimanded by a judge after blowing a kiss to his lover as he was about to be sentenced for posing as a police officer.

David Blackman had turned up at the Dover home of his estranged wife at 3am claiming through an intercom to be from the law.

But a judge heard he was immediately foiled in his bogus policeman ploy as she instantly recognised his voice.

Judge Philip Statman told Blackman off for looking at his lover when he was being sentenced for posing as a police officer
Judge Philip Statman told Blackman off for looking at his lover when he was being sentenced for posing as a police officer

And when he was about to be sentenced for witness intimidation he looked at his lover sitting in the public gallery at Maidstone Crown Court and blew her a kiss.

But Judge Philip Statman scolded him: “It would help me, certainly if, as I am addressing you, you looked towards me rather than, although understandably, towards members of your family!”

The 44-year-old had been arrested for using his mother-in-law's credit card illegally to run up a £1,100 debt in June last year.

'It would help if you looked towards me rather than towards members of your family!..' - Judge Philip Statman

Now the fraud and the bogus police officer scam, in August, has landed him with a witness intimidation conviction and a nine-month jail sentence.

Blackman, of Church Lane, Deal, admitted four charges of fraud and witness intimidation.

The court heard how he also texted his ex saying: “When I’ve finished with Chris (another witness) I’ll come round and kill you!”

Maidstone Crown Court
Maidstone Crown Court

Phil Rowley, defending, said when Blackman’s “stormy” relationship broke down “it was characterised by ill feeling and some unpleasantness”

The couple rowed over money which led to the fraud, Mr Rowley added.

“The parties have now been separated for some time and he is in a new relationship.

At the time he turned up at her door there was some unpleasantness between a locked door and then he walked away.”

After sentencing, Blackman blew the lover a kiss before being taken away to the cells.

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