Yorkshire man tried to fake paternity test

Empty pramA 44 year-old from Featherstone, near Pontefract in West Yorkshire, has admitted fraud after sending another man along to a paternity test.

John Bullett was contacted by the Child Support Agency about maintenance payments after Danielle Roxburgh had named him as the father of her child. According to a report in the Yorkshire Evening Post, he denied being the father and agreed to take a DNA test. The results were negative.

But when the mother was shown a photograph of the man who had taken the test, she insisted he was not John Bullett.  He was ordered to take a second DNA test but this time was accompanied by agency officials. The second test was positive.

Bullett then admitted that he had met Danielle Roxburgh at a party and begun a relationship with her.

Wakefield magistrate Angela Beardshall said:

“Because of the unique nature of this case it has been difficult to come to a conclusion. There was the planning, the financial loss and distress caused to Danielle Roxburgh. But the biggest factor to us is that the child in question would have grown up believing that someone else was his father. As our powers are limited to four months imprisonment, we feel this case should be committed to crown court for sentence.”

After initially refusing to identify the man who took the paternity test on his behalf, the 44 year-old has now offered to name him so authorities can “can pursue investigations and possible charges against that person.”

Bullett will be sentenced at Leeds Crown Court next month.

Photo by Naddsy via Flickr under a Creative Commons licence

Marilyn Stowe

The senior partner at Stowe Family Law, Marilyn Stowe is one of Britain’s best known divorce lawyers with clients throughout the country, in Europe, the Far East and the USA.

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Andrew - October 5, 2013 at 1:05pm

Of course if he goes down – so much for any child support from him!

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