Jail warning after text threat lies

A WOMAN has been warned that she could face jail for a hoax report to police which led to her ex-partner being locked up.

Leeann Douglas, 24, claimed that Ian Davidson had sent her several threatening text messages last month, Teesside Crown Court was told.

He was arrested and held for several hours but she has now admitted that she sent them to herself.

Judge Howard Crowson told Douglas that prison was a possibility when she appears back at court for sentencing next month.

Judge Crowson said: “You have pleaded guilty to an offence which obviously is potentially serious for you.

“It is something that you have always admitted and credit will be given to you for that.

“I would like a report about you to assist the judge who sentences you.

“Obviously, prison is possible, but a report would be very helpful.”

Douglas, of Wharton Terrace, Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to perverting the course of justice on July 21 by sending several threatening text messages to herself.

She was granted bail for the pre-sentence report to be carried out on the condition she does not contact Mr Davidson.

Douglas will be sentenced on Thursday, September 6.

Judge Crowson also warned her: “You could face a prison sentence for a Bail Act offence if you did not come.”