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Last Updated: Monday, 12 December 2005, 13:36 GMT
Father 'invented' tsunami death
Philip Bosson
Philip Bosson: Motive "opaque"
A man sparked an international hunt for a fake daughter he claimed had died in the Asian tsunami, a court heard.

Father-of-three Philip Bosson claimed to have a 19-year-old daughter called Kayleigh who died in Sri Lanka.

Interpol joined the hunt, Plymouth magistrates were told, but three months later police found "Kayleigh" was based on a 1980's pop song.

Mr Bosson, 39, of Brixington Lane, Exmouth, Devon, denies a charge of wasting police time.

It meant already overstretched resources were diverted from those most in need of them
Prosecutor Tom Bradnock

The court heard Mr Bosson flew to Sri Lanka and wept when he met British police.

He also reported seeing the body of his daughter in a makeshift morgue.

Almost three months later a former girlfriend of Mr Bosson told detectives that he had taken the name from his favourite 1980's pop song.

Mr Bosson had claimed Kayleigh was the daughter of his first wife Michelle Dillon.

But she revealed they had never had children and Mr Bosson had played the Marillion single on his car radio.

Police allocated two teams of family liaison officers to Mr Bosson and sent DNA samples to Sri Lanka to be compared with those of real victims.

Tom Bradnock, prosecuting, said: "It meant already overstretched resources were diverted from those most in need of them.

"Bosson's motive for telling this litany of lies remains entirely opaque because he declined an invitation to be interviewed by police and his defence remains similarly unclear."

The case continues.

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