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Boy fakes kidnapping to avoid the dentist

Fear of the dentist can make people do strange things to avoid having their teeth checked including inventing a story that you have been kidnapped, as one boy in France did recently. Police spent a month investigating his tale.

Boy fakes kidnapping to avoid the dentist
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The dentist is never the favourite place for children but some youngsters will go to greater lengths than others to avoid having to see one, it seems.

One 12-year-old boy in a village in the Alpine village St Gervais even went as far as telling police he had been kidnapped so he wouldn’t have to see the tooth doctor, French paper Midi Libre reported.

The youngster was picked up by police, who spotted him hiding, as they patrolled through the village during the afternoon of May 21.

When quizzed by police the youngster immediately said he had been abducted from the nearby town of Bagnols.

He even gave the officers a detailed description of the man who had abducted him – "European looking, aged in his thirties, of muscular build with a height of around 1.70 and a vertical scar on his right cheek".

The kidnapper was also wearing a black shirt and light jeans according to the boy. Police quickly drew up an e-fit image of the alleged abductor.

The young boy was also able to hand over details of the car he was driving and of course what happened during the abduction.

He told officers he was going to his dental appointment when a man pulled up to ask directions. After a brief exchange the boy said he was forced into the man’s car, before he sped off.

He then told police he managed to escape by chance when the car stopped in Saint Gervais.

Naturally the police treated the case seriously and spent the last month investigating. It was only after trawling through CCTV images from the town of Bagnols that detectives realised something wasn’t quite right.

Under further questioning the boy admitted this week that he had invented the whole story because he had been afraid to go to his appointment at the dentist. 

In fairness he's probably not the only youngster to invent a story to avoid having to have their teeth checked.

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French prosecutor seeks eight years for butcher dentist

A French prosecutor on Monday requested an eight-year prison sentence for a Dutchman dubbed "the dentist of horror" who is accused of causing severe injuries to the mouths of dozens of patients.

French prosecutor seeks eight years for butcher dentist

Jacobus van Nierop, 51, is on trial for ripping out healthy teeth and leaving patients with injuries including broken jaws, recurrent abscesses and septicaemia in the small central town of Chateau-Chinon.

In this case, “we see nothing but greed, indifference to others, even pleasure at causing pain,” said prosecutor Lucile Jaillon-Bru.

She told the trial in Nevers that Van Nierop had carried out “useless and painful procedures” on about 100 patients with the aim of having them reimbursed by medical insurance schemes.

Jaillon-Bru described him as “a man who doesn't take responsiblity for anything”.

Van Nierop, who called himself Mark, was hired by a head-hunter and was initially welcomed by locals into an area which was lacking in medical services.

Giving evidence in court, a neighbour recalled the arrival of a smiley, larger-than-life character, with a “big 4×4, a big dog, a big cigar”.

But by 2011, the authorities were starting to question some of his accounting practices, and patients were starting to compare notes on his dentistry.

The court heard nightmarish tales, including one from Sylviane Boulesteix, 65, who saw Van Nierop in March 2012 to have braces fitted.

“He gave me seven or eight injections, and pulled out eight teeth in one go. I was gushing blood for three days,” she said.

Around 120 former patients joined a victims' group set up in early 2013.    

The trial has heard conflicting expert opinion about Van Nierop's psychological state.

One psychiatrist found he had “narcissistic tendencies” and was therefore incapable of making a moral judgement of his own actions.

But another found he was “perfectly aware of what he was doing”.

Although he is not required to offer a plea under French law, Van Nierop has sought to deflect responsibility, saying he suffers from “psychological problems” including gender identity issues and suicidal tendencies.

Van Nierop himself said: “I was not in the right state to put myself in my patients' position.”

He was arrested in June 2013, but fled France while awaiting trial. He was later tracked down to a small town in Canada, arrested and extradited first to the Netherlands and then to France.

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