Kirkcaldy businessman faked papers to get son into school a year early

Cupar Sheriff Court
Cupar Sheriff Court

A Kirkcaldy businessman faked documents to get one of his sons into school a year early because his wife was struggling to cope with their nine children, a court has heard.

He produced a false passport and birth certificate in a bid to get the boy into a local primary school and the fee-paying Strathallan School in Perthshire.

The child went for one year but failed to return after the summer holidays, Cupar Sheriff Court was told on Thursday.

The man’s plan was rumbled when his wife went to Strathallan and handed over genuine documents. Staff realised that they were different from the ones he had presented - but the child was the same.

The 40-year-old, who we have not named to avoid identifying the child, admitted two charges of obtaining a primary school place by false pretences between April 25, 2011, and August 28, 2012.

He admitted presenting a passport bearing the name of Karan Hayat, date of birth February 8, 2007, along with a birth certificate with the same false details to induce staff to fraudulently enrol a child under that name.

Depute fiscal Joanne Smith told the court that the man told the headteacher that he was Sikander Hayat and his wife’s name was Shiada Hayat.

He was told he would need documents for purposes of identification, so he handed over a utility bill and letter bearing the name Sikander Hayat and a photocopy of a birth certificate for the child that he claimed had been translated from Urdu.

“The enrolment was deemed compliant and the child attend school from August 2011 onwards,” said Ms Smith.

“However there were difficulties with the child’s absence and on August 15, 2012, he failed to attend after the summer holidays.

The accused was contacted and he told staff the child would be going to Strathallan.”

Defence lawyer Ryan Sloan said: “His wife has nine children and she was finding it difficult to cope with the children following the death of her mother-in-law, so she wanted the child to go to school.

‘‘Had he been born six weeks earlier, he could have attended legitimately.”

The man will be sentenced at Dundee Sheriff Court on June 11, following the preparation of reports.