“There are two things in life that are unavoidable in life: death, and taxes.” – Unknown
Well, Thomas Kenny has found out that as a father, he needs to add something to this list: child support. After being required to attend a DNA test to determine whether or not he’d need to provide child maintenance to his child, he sent a look-alike to try and get out of it.
Whilst in a relationship with someone, he got them pregnant, and after it was apparent that she wasn’t going to have an abortion, Thomas Kenny was going to avoid paying this child maintenance at all costs.
So to avoid this, he sent someone else to take his DNA tests. Because of this, he was convicted of fraud when the mother of his other two children was also required to take a DNA test. However, somehow, Kenny managed to avoid prison.
Judge Philip Parker QC who presided over this case, says that what he did was: ‘dishonest and highly manipulative.’
It’s thought that Kenny would’ve also got away with a sizeable amount if he’d not been caught. If he’d have remained unemployed for the child’s childhood, then it would’ve been the minimum amount for someone unemployed which would’ve got up to about £5,000.
Whilst at court, references were given to suggest that Kenny is a normal person, however the judge believed that the facts told an entirely different story. Whilst also believed to be a loving father of his other two children, it’s apparent that just to keep money, it’s fairly immoral to try and disown your own child.
After all this has happened, the mother of the child he ‘disowned’ now wants nothing to do with him, especially after the expensive and complex investigations which have had to be launched in order to solve this problem.
However, this isn’t the only thing that Kenny has been convicted of. He has also admitted conspiracy to defraud, but this case has resulted in him having to pay over £1,000 in costs. He might as well have just done the child maintenance payments.