THE family of a criminal jailed for leading police on a high-speed car chase said he didn’t mock his sentence on Facebook.
The Daily Echo reported that Lee Hepburn, 26, had taken to the social networking site to make light of his 30-month jail term in Monday’s paper. But mum Lorraine has now said her son was hacked, and didn’t write the messages himself.
Hepburn pleaded guilty to three counts of possessing cannabis totalling more than £10,000 with intent to supply, as well as dangerous driving, failing to stop and two counts of driving while disqualified at Bournemouth Crown Court in December.
However, on the day of his sentence – December 19 – a message appeared on his Facebook page that reads: “Had a result today got 30 month be out before my lil mans day [SIC].”
And on December 26, Boxing Day, a further message appeared reading: “Happy Christmas everyone I will be out for the next one x.”
Lorraine, who also spoke to the Echo in 2007 to defend her son, said: “He is in prison doing time.
“He’s been hacked by someone – he couldn’t be using it.”
The father-of-two is a serial offender with a catalogue of driving and drug convictions.
He was involved in a 70 mile per hour chase through West Howe in which he drove down a footpath before smashing head-on into another car.
The driver of the other vehicle, Mrs Windsor, and her two grandchildren aged 10 and 13, suffered whiplash, bruising and severe shock in the collision.
Judge Samuel Wiggs sentenced Hepburn to two-and-a-half years in prison after hearing that he had appeared in court on 26 occasions for 87 offences, starting in 2003 when he was 15.
Lorraine said: “He’s not mocking anything – he just wants to finish his time in prison so he can get on with his life. It’s causing us all such a lot of pain to see this story. It’s not true and I just know he must have been hacked.”