BIRMINGHAM, England – A father is accused of sending a lookalike to take a paternity DNA test so that he could avoid paying child support.
Thomas Kenny, 25, was already in a long-term relationship when he fathered a child after an affair with another woman, the Birmingham Mail reported.
Kenny allegedly tried everything he could to avoid taking responsibility for the child.
He pressured the woman to get an abortion, but she declined.
When the local Child Support Agency ordered him to take a DNA test, he sent someone else in his place.
“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 declined paternity,” Judge Philip Parker QC said, according to the Birmingham Mail. “On 24 June 2013 you were required to provide a DNA sample to a doctor. One way or another you sent someone in your place.”
The judge said Kenny sent someone who physically resembled himself to the test.
Kenny already had two children with his long-term partner.
“I have read references from people who suggest that you are normally a well-behaved individual but the facts show that you can be thoroughly dishonest and highly manipulative,” the judge said. “I know you are said to be the loving father of two children by your long-standing relationship but this case shows you were prepared to disown a child of your own for financial gain. Morally you can not sink lower than that.”
Kenny was convicted of fraud and sentenced to a six-month jail sentence, suspended for 12 months.