Woman faces sentencing after pest calls

COURT: Court Case
COURT: Court Case

A woman who plagued slaughterhouse owners in Bakewell with persistent phone calls after she saw a TV programme about animal cruelty is due to be sentenced.

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, told the hearing: “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.

She had denied using bad language and making Irish remarks but she has since accepted there had been a racial element.

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 she claimed calls were over half-an-hour and there was no threatening intention.

Following a scheduled hearing on Septermber 13, Magistrates further adjourned the case until September 26.

Oates-Orman was allowed unconditonal bail until the next hearing.