Animal lover admits distressing phone calls to slaughterhouse

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A woman plagued slaughterhouse owners in the Bakewell area with persistent calls after she saw a TV programme about animal cruelty.

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Michelle Oates-Orman, 40, of Easton Road, Stonely, St Neots, Cambridgeshire, consistently phoned Leonard and Anne Boyd in May.

Becky Mahon, prosecuting, said: “Mrs Boyd received 20 to 30 calls in one-hour-and-a-quarter including one consistent period of 15 minutes and the defendant wanted to talk about animal cruelty. Mrs Boyd resorted to picking up and putting the phone down and asked Mr Boyd to answer the calls.”

Miss Mahon claimed Oates-Orman told Mr Boyd he was sick and allegedly asked why he did not go back to Ireland. Oates-Orman pleaded guilty to making persistent, distressing phone calls after the incident. However, she denied using bad language and making Irish remarks. Julian Hammond, defending, said Oates-Orman is remorseful and accepts making calls after seeing a Sky programme about the slaughter of animals and horses but claims calls were over half-an-hour, there was no threatening intention and Oates-Orman denies making racist comments. Magistrates adjourned the case for a Newton Hearing on September 13 to establish whether Oates-Orman made racist remarks.