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Court call for Scarlett

Woman accused of using phone to harass Downtown Radio staff

By Sinead McCavana

Published 07/08/2005

THIS is the Ulster woman accused of harassing Downtown Radio presenter Lisa Flavelle and making sexually explicit calls to other staff at the station.

THIS is the Ulster woman accused of harassing Downtown Radio presenter Lisa Flavelle and making sexually explicit calls to other staff at the station.

Rebecca Jane Scarlett (33) is also alleged to have stalked a male presenter and made hundreds of nuisance phone calls to Downtown staff.

The blonde Lurgan woman, who allegedly tormented Downtown employees with more than 1,100 calls, was released on bail yesterday.

Belfast High Court was told that Ms Scarlett had been assessed by a psychiatrist on Friday who "saw no reason to admit her" to the psychiatric unit at Craigavon Hospital.

Mr Justice Morgan granted bail of £500 and surety of £500 on condition that she did not attempt to contact or approach any member of staff at Downtown Radio.

He amended the condition to include freelance employees at the station after Crown lawyer, Charles McKay, expressed concerns that one of the injured parties, DJ Lisa Flavelle, may be a freelance.

Ms Flavelle had received a high number of the nuisance calls, he said.

The judge ordered the accused to "report once a week to police and comply with medical treatment recommended to her".

Scarlett had earlier appeared in the High Court on July 25 after breaching her bail conditions.

The court was told she was taken into police custody after "seeking out" a radio presenter at a bar on Main Street, Newcastle, on July 15, just a few days after being granted bail.

A Crown lawyer had told the court Scarlett was also accused of assaulting a police officer after she was arrested for breaching bail conditions made by a magistrate.

The court was told the mother of an 11-year-old had made sexually explicit and abusive telephone calls to two presenters at Downtown.

During the hearing, a defence lawyer said Scarlett had previously received psychiatric treatment, but was unable to disclose details of this in court.

Scarlett, of Union Street, Lurgan is alleged to have made 1,124 nuisance calls to the radio station.

She had been charged at Craigavon Magistrates Court with pursuing a course of conduct, which amounted to harassment of a number of people, between May 11 and May 19.

She is also accused of causing annoyance, inconvenience and anxiety to another person, by means of messages, which she knew to be false, between March 11 and May 19.

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