Bogus text woman spared jail

A WOMAN sent herself death threats using her boyfriend’s mobile phone which led to police holding him for 12 hours

Leeann Douglas, 24, rang Cleveland Police saying she had received numerous text messages from her ex-partner Ian Davidson, 28, who made threats to kill her.

He was then arrested on suspicion of harassment and threats to kill and was kept in custody from 10am to 10pm.

Mr Davidson denied both allegations and he was released after discussions with the Crown Prosecution Service which advised that further inquiries should be made with Douglas, of Wharton Terrace, Hartlepool.

When police visited her at her home she said she had hidden his mobile phone and admitted she had sent the text messages to herself because she “wanted him gone”.

Christopher Attwooll, mitigating, said an hour earlier Douglas and Mr Davidson had both been arrested for committing actual bodily harm against each other.

Teesside Crown Court heard it was alleged Mr Davidson, who had previous convictions for harassing her, violence, possession of a bladed article and breach of Asbos, had shouted threats at her when they were held in the police station.

Mr Attwooll said she was frightened what Mr Davidson would do on his release and she accepted that she snapped and behaved extremely stupidly.

Judge John Walford told Douglas that there were exceptional circumstances because she suffered from the mental illness of bipolar disorder.

He said: “I have to discourage the making of false complaints to the police and to protect the public against false allegations and to prevent the waste of police resources which a false complaint generates.

“I am prepared to conclude that an immediate custodial sentence is not necessary in this case.”

Douglas was given an eight-month jail sentence suspended for two years, with 12-months supervision and a six-month electronically-tagged curfew between 9pm and 6am after she pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice.