Published Wednesday, 25 September 2013
The woman received a term on probation. (© UTV)
Belfast Deputy Recorder Judge Corinne Philpott QC told Joanne Elizabeth Mitchell "this was the most unsophisticated crime imaginable".
The judge said that it was not clear whether the phone she used belonged to her or her husband.
But after the woman threatened a neighbour, he texted back to find out who sent the message. She replied, telling him and then proceeded to make further threats.
Prosecution lawyer Peter Magill had previously told Belfast Crown Court this had not been the first time Mitchell had sent threatening email and text messages.
Indeed one victim, a police sergeant, had prosecuted her before, therefore, when an email threatening his life was received, police readily linked it to her home.
Mr Magill said that between 8 -18 September last year, Mitchell sent text messages to her next door neighbour "threatening death and dismemberment."
It later transpired that the messages, up to five a day, "had no rational behind it, no bad blood or ongoing feud".
He added that while Mitchell initially denied involvement, although easily traced, she had pleaded guilty to three counts of harassment when it came to court.
Defence lawyer Conor Holmes said Mitchell's crimes "lacked sophistication" in that she was always going to be caught "for the appalling offence" and that from "day one, it was clear who it was".
The lawyer accepted that Mitchell had a considerable record for similar offences, and had just been released from prison a matter of months when she offended again.
Mr Holmes added that once rearrested, she had been returned to prison to serve out the remainder of her sentence.
However on a positive note, the authorities still feel that a period of probation may provide some help in the future and attempt to prevent further offending.
Imposing just such an order on Wednesday, Judge Philpott said there was "no doubt" that Mitchell had mental health issues but added she believed it was time "to try another intervention yet again," especially as Mitchell has already served a substantial sentence on remand.
The judge warned her in no uncertain terms, however, that "if there is any complaint about your behaviour in probation supervision, I'm putting you back into custody."
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