DJ Caesar jailed for deception

Caesar the Geezer, Capital Radio's controversial "shock jock" DJ, who resigned suddenly last month, claiming he had stomach cancer, was sentenced yesterday to 15 months imprisonment.

He was sentenced under his real name, Chris Ryder, at Chelmsford Crown Court after pleading guilty to five charges of breaking the law relating to undischarged bankrupts, and for breaching a 1993 suspended sentence for obtaining property by deception.

Ryder, 40, pleaded guilty to obtaining a car on credit without declaring he was a bankrupt.

A spokeswoman for Capital Radio said yesterday that the station had believed Mr Ryder was seriously ill when he resigned.

He was originally with Talk Radio, when that station sought a controversial image and had been at Capital for a year.

His agent, David Harn, said the sentence was "totally inappropriate".