A man who sent a lookalike in his place to take a paternity test so he could avoid paying child support is now facing the consequences.
The Birmingham Mail reported that Thomas Kelly denied any responsibility for the child and pressured the woman whom he had a one night stand with into having an abortion.
Birmingham Crown Court heard that Kelly was in a relationship when he had an affair with another woman – who later became pregnant.
Speaking in court, Judge Philip Parker QC said:
You wished her to have an abortion, which she declined and then in December 2012, when you knew you were the father of her forthcoming child, you decided to deny paternity.
As a result of that she and the child were forced to undergo DNA testing. On 24 June 2013 you were required to provide a DNA sample to a doctor.
Mr Kelly was eventually convicted of fraud and sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 12 months. He is also forced to pay £1,385 in costs and compensation.