Woman faces sentencing after pest phone calls

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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.”

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.

Following a scheduled hearing on Septermber 13, Magistrates further adjourned the case until September 26. Oates-Orman was granted unconditonal bail.