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Fake DNA test sentencing delayed
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Mr Mullane was released on unconditional bail
A businessman who provided false paternity results after failing to carry out the required tests has been sent to Crown Court for sentencing.

Simon Mullane, 39, never carried out the tests on samples sent to his Dorset-based firm, High Profile, he admitted to magistrates in Bournemouth.

The former head of the Poole firm charged clients 600 each, claiming he was sending DNA samples to Canada.

He pleaded guilty to 16 counts of theft between April and August 2002.

My gut reaction is that the sentence is beyond the power of this court
District Judge Roger House
A further 102 similar offences were asked to be taken into account on Tuesday equating to about 150 test results in total.

The court heard that the theft amounted to 22,740 in total and involved 118 clients from all over the country.

District Judge Roger House sent the case to Bournemouth Crown Court for sentencing on 24 September.

Mr House said, in light of the "over all seriousness" of the case, "my gut reaction is that the sentence is beyond the power of this court".

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