Campaigner sentenced for plaguing slaughterhouse

An animal lover who plagued slaughterhouse owners in Bakewell with phone calls after she saw a TV programme about animal cruelty has been sentenced to 60 hours of community work.

Thursday, 3rd October 2013, 9:11 am
stock, Chesterfield Magistrates Court

Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard how Michelle Oates-Orman, 40, of Clapham Road, Bedford, consistently phoned Leonard and Anne Boyd at Underedge Farm, Rowland, Bakewell, in March.

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Becky Allsop, prosecuting, said: “Mrs Boyd received numerous phone calls to their farm between 9am and 1pm on March 5 asking to speak to someone about animal cruelty. The phone rang consistently and Mrs Boyd started lifting it up and putting it down.”

Mr Boyd took a call and stated Oates-Orman asked about the killing of horses, according to Mrs Allsop, and Oates-Orman made a reference to Mr Boyd being Irish which he took to be racially-motivated.

Greenpeace supporter Oates-Orman pleaded guilty to making distressing phone calls after the incident. Denny Lau, defending, said Oates-Orman called after seeing a Sky programme and video showing horses being slaughtered. Oates-Orman claimed she did not intend to be racist. Magistrates sentenced her to a six-month community order with 60 hours’ unpaid work and ordered her to pay £200 costs and a £60 victim surcharge. She also got a restraining order not to contact the Boyds.