Man told NHS he was 'Hermaphrodite' pregnant after gang rape

Masters graduate, 32, who made a hoax call to NHS Direct claiming he was a ‘human Hermaphrodite’ left pregnant after being gang raped walks free from court

  • Orion Phoenix, 32, phoned NHS Direct handler claiming he was a Hermaphrodite
  • Phoenix, who has Asperger’s, claimed that he was pregnant after sexual assault
  • The unnamed call handler referred Phoenix to senior healthcare professionals
  • Police traced Phoenix, from Blackley, Manchester following the bizarre prank
  • He walked free from court with 12-week custodial sentence suspended for a year

A masters graduate fooled an NHS Direct call handler into believing he was a ‘human Hermaphrodite’ left pregnant following a gang rape.

Orion Phoenix, 32, phoned the health information service to falsely claim he had both male and female reproductive organs and had been sexually assaulted by a man and a woman.

During his bizarre call, the computer engineer, who has a master’s degree in computer science, also claimed he had an ‘unwanted pregnancy’ as a result of the encounter and asked for medical advice.

Orion Phoenix, 32, from Manchester, phoned the health information service to falsely claim he was a Hermaphrodite and had been sexually assaulted by a man and a woman

During his bizarre call, the computer engineer (pictured) also claimed he had an ‘unwanted pregnancy’ as a result of the encounter and asked for medical advice

The unnamed call handler referred Phoenix, who has Asperger’s, to senior healthcare professionals in the belief the request was genuine but later discovered the call was a hoax.

Humans born with both types of genitalia are usually infertile and there are no documented cases in humans in which both types of gonadal tissue function.

Police who traced Phoenix, from Blackley, Manchester following the prank call discovered he had a history of making other hoax phone calls including an incident when he phone a sexual assault support centre in Cornwall to claim his landlady had forced him to have sex with her.

He had also been made subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) after clocking up 28 malicious communications offences between 2004 and 2017.

At Manchester magistrates court Phoenix was convicted of breaching the CBO but walked free with a 12-week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months. He denied wrongdoing.


The unnamed call handler referred Phoenix (left and right) to senior healthcare professionals in the belief the request was genuine but later discovered the call was a hoax

Police who traced Phoenix (pictured), from Blackley, Manchester following the prank call discovered he had a history of making other hoax phone calls

The court heard the CBO was issued against Phoenix in Wiltshire in 2017 and stated he could not have possession of a mobile phone not registered to a known network, nor can he call the emergency services for anything other than a medical emergency.

But prosecuting, David Morgan told the court: ‘He has been phoning helplines and services who help people who have been victims of sexual assault. He was making up stories to persuade the call handler to say something sexual and it seems he derived some pleasure from it.

‘The most recent incident occurred on 22 December 2018 when he called the NHS helpline as he was concerned about an unwanted pregnancy after being raped by a male and female.

‘He said he had got both male and female reproductive organs and said he was raped.

‘He goes into a lot of detail and tried to get an abundance of sympathy from the call handler. He then asks questions about sexual intercourse and gets the call handler to explain aspects of sexual health for his own sexual gratification. 

Phoenix (pictured) had also been made subject of a Criminal Behaviour Order (CBO) after clocking up 28 malicious communications offences between 2004 and 2017


At Manchester magistrates court Phoenix (left and right) was convicted of breaching the CBO but walked free with a 12-week custodial sentence suspended for 12 months. He denied wrongdoing

‘The call handler dealt with it extremely carefully and referred him to the relevant parties as they believed it to be genuine.

‘But later on it was confirmed it wasn’t. It was found to be the same calls made consistently and the same voice to previously. This is long-running behaviour.’

In 2018 Phoenix was in court after he contacted the Willow sexual assault support centre in Cornwall and pretended to be a rape victim.

He told a call handler he had woke up at his rented property to his landlady ‘going up and down on him’.

Acting naive, he also asked the worker at the centre questions about sex before his call was found to a prank.

What is Asperger syndrome? 

Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger’s, is a developmental disorder that makes social interaction and non verbal communication difficult for those diagnosed.

It is a milder autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and it differs from other autism spectrum disorders as those with the condition generally have relatively normal language and intelligence.

Although not required for diagnosis, physical clumsiness and unusual use of language are common.

Signs usually begin before two years of age and typically last forever.

In mitigation, his defence lawyer Laura Beaumanis said: ‘He was convicted after trial although he never disagreed that he was the call maker.

‘The defendant said he was a young man with various mental health issues and has no recollection of making the telephone call. He said he suffered disassociation at the time. 

‘This is an unusual offence and he does have a record for similar offending.

‘He was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome when he was 12 and he is waiting for a diagnosis of PTSD.

‘When previously before the court it’s been aired that he could possibly have borderline personality disorder.

‘Unfortunately this has resulted in a lot of agencies not wanting to speak to him as they don’t believe he has genuine concerns.

‘He is not on medication and is currently not being supported by the community mental health team. He is essentially left to his own devices.

‘The offences are now of some age and he has not committed any other offences. He has tried to move away from this.

‘He is currently working in a zero-hour contract but he is financially stable. He has a low risk of further offences and is fearful of custody. 

‘He is trying to maintain employment and trying to remain financially independent.’

Phoenix was also ordered to pay £322 court costs and his Criminal Behaviour Order was extended for a further 12 months.

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