30 Sept 2022

Judge tells Derry woman charged with making nuisance calls that she was 'putting other people's lives at risk'

A 39-year-old Derry woman who was charged with making nuisance calls has been told by a judge that her behaviour was 'putting other people's lives at risk.' Philomena Curran, of Glenabbey Crescent in Derry, had been charged with wasting police time by making calls saying she was going to kill herself. However, this charge was withdrawn at a sitting of Derry Magistrate's Court sitting in Omagh after it emerged it would be too expensive to have to get voice analysis carried out. This left a charge of assaulting police against Curran and this was admitted. The court heard that after police responded to another of Curran's calls she had 'lashed out', striking an officer on the chest and arm. Defence barrister Eoghan Devlin said that at the time Curran was in 'profound distress'. Deputy District Judge Chris Holmes told Curran that 'no one wants to lock people up for this.' However, he added: “You are putting us in a situation where we are going to have to lock you up.” He said that Curran by her constant calls to police was putting other lives at risk, before adding: “It is the six-year-old child who is going to choke and there is no one there to help because of your calls.” The judge told Curran to be 'less selfish' and imposed a two month jail sentence suspended for two years.

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