Sometimes, when people tell deceptive stories, they may be crying for help.
A man went missing while he was diving. Police did a massive search. Two days later, the man turned up miles away and said he was attacked by two men who drugged him, cut and dyed his hair and beard and sexually assaulted him.
Later he admitted his story was false. He had actually wanted to kill himself, but couldn’t do it.
The married father-of-three spent six weeks in a hospital. He had been suffering from clinical depression.
When he was released, Colin Smithies had lost his job, pleaded guilty to "wasting police time," was ordered to perform 300 hours of community work and told he must pay part of the cost of the search.
Diver tells elaborate tale to explain disappearance, New Zealand Herald>>