‘Murder’ caught on Google Street View

12:32 03 June 2014

Dan Thompson and Gary Kerr had to apologise to police after staging a 'murder' in front of a Google Street View camera

Dan Thompson and Gary Kerr had to apologise to police after staging a 'murder' in front of a Google Street View camera

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A man has got away with murder…despite being caught on camera!

Dan Thompson, 56, from Edinburgh, was visited by the police but only had to apologise, even though they had photographs of him standing over a prone man, holding a pickaxe handle.

How did garage owner Thompson escape scotfree after such a brutal crime?

It was all part of an elaborate prank that the two men had staged in August 2012. Mr Thompson, who owns a garage, was working with his colleague Gary Kerr when they saw a Google Street View car driving up Edinburgh’s Giles Street.

The quick-thinking pranksters decided to play a practical joke on the surveillance car. Gary lay ‘lifeless’ in the street whilst his boss loomed over holding the ‘murder weapon’.

The pair had all but forgotten about the prank until a keeneyed Google Street View user spotted the photo over a year later and alerted the police.

Mr Thompson told the BBC Scotland news website: “By complete fluke I saw the Google car coming along the road but it had to loop the block so I had one minute to rush back inside the garage and set up the murder scene.

“There are pictures of men on Google flashing their bums but we thought we would be more classy.

“We had forgotten about it when the police arrived a year later and we apologised for wasting police time. They found it funny.”