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Man faked sick notes to avoid having to do community work.

Byline: Huw Silk Reporter huw.silk@walesonline.co.uk

A 20-YEAR-OLD who faked a series of sick notes to avoid carrying out a community punishment has been jailed. Che Siirak, of Nightingale Gardens, Church Village, gave the notes, some of which were genuine, to those who were tasked with supervising his compulsory unpaid work.

Appearing at Cardiff Crown Court yesterday via video link from prison, Siirak, previously of York Place, Barry, was told his actions were contrary to the principles of the justice system.

Despite being only 20, he has a record of almost 100 previous offences. Thirty of those were for fraud-related incidents.

Siirak had been given a suspended 12-month prison sentence after appearing in court in January charged under trading standards legislation.

That earlier sentence was described in court as having been intended to give him another chance.

But as part of the terms of the suspended sentence he was ordered to undertake unpaid work.

Siirak produced a series of sick notes - three of which were faked - meaning he didn't actually carry out any of the work.

The reasons given included viral illness, chronic diarrhoea, anxiety and vomiting. He had annotated on some notes to say that his illness prevented him carrying out the unpaid work, with doctors con-firming they had not written those words.

Siirak even later claimed one sick note had been annotated by his own mother.

Adam Sharp, defending, said Siirak had suffered a number of tragedies in the period during which he was supposed to be carrying out the unpaid work.

He said Siirak was close to Rhodri Miller, one of the young victims of a fatal road crash in the Brecon Beacons in March, and Conner Marshall, who was murdered at Trecco Bay caravan park a few days later.

He was also a pallbearer at the funeral of his best friend in April.

Judge Niclas Parry told Siirak he had "a shocking record" of 30 convictions for 93 offences.

He said the previous suspended sentence had given him one final opportunity, but added: "You have thrown that chance back in the court's face."

Judge Parry condemned the "temerity" he had shown by accusing "your own mother of having done what you did".

Siirak was given a sixmonth jail term for perverting the course of justice and his earlier 12-month suspended sentence was activated. They will be served consecutively.

An even earlier suspended sentence was also activated, although that will be served concurrently to the other jail time handed down.

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Che Siirak, 20, failed to carry out any community work SOUTH WALES POLICE

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