Animal lover plagued Dales abbatoir boss with nuisance calls

A woman plagued slaughterhouse owners in Bakewell 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.

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“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.

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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 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.