Drunken woman threatened to stab someone ‘for a laugh’

COMMUNITY ORDER ... Susan Phillips.
COMMUNITY ORDER ... Susan Phillips.

A DRUNKEN woman threatened to kill herself and ‘stab someone for a laugh’ during four threatening phone calls made to police in the space of less than two hours.

Susan Phillips had downed a bottle of vodka when she made the abusive calls, in which she made various claims, including having a shotgun, taking an overdose, and having a knife and being prepared to stab someone.

Police were so concerned for her welfare that they took her to South Tyneside Hospital for a check-up after she was arrested.

The 35-year-old admitted a charge of persistently making use of a public communication network to cause annoyance, inconvenience or anxiety at an earlier hearing at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

Phillips, of Whickham Road, Hebburn, made the calls between 9.28pm and 11.08pm on January 26.

Glenda Beck, prosecuting, said: “At 9.30pm, a call was made to the police control room by a drunk female from an unknown number. She made threats, was abusive and was warned.

“At 10.55pm, another call was made to the police emergency number from an identified mobile number from the same female.

“She said she had a gun and had taken an overdose and her name was Susan Kelly (a name Phillips has also gone by).

“At 11.03pm, the same female called and was abusive and said she had a knife and would stab someone for a laugh.

“At 11.08pm, she rang and said she would top herself, she had a shotgun and would shoot us all.”

Phillips was arrested by police at 11.50pm but was taken to South Tyneside Hospital to check on her health due to her claims she would harm herself.

Mrs Beck added: “She said she did make the calls and had drank a bottle of vodka.

“She accepted she was abusive and rude. She said it was probably a cry for help.”

Ian Cruickshank, defending, said Phillips had “a substantial history of offending” involving the police.

Addressing the magistrates, Philips said she regretted her actions.

She was given a 12-month community order, with 12 months of supervision by magistrates.

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