Belfast Telegraph

Monday 1 September 2014

Woman threatened to burn police officer's home

A woman who told a police officer she would burn down her house and didn't care who would be in it has appeared at Londonderry Magistrates Court.

Natalie Campbell (21) of Drumard Close in the city, admitted assaulting police, disorderly behaviour and threatening to destroy property on November 24, 2012. The court was told that police went to Limavady Road in the city and on arrival found a group of people.

Campbell approached the police vehicle and an officer got out to speak to her.

Campbell became abusive and started swearing at the officer and another officer had to try to calm her down.

She was pushed away from the vehicle but continued to scream and shout and was eventually arrested. As she was being arrested she kicked one officer on the leg and another on the wrist. She then said to a female officer she would burn her out and she wouldn't care who was in the house.

At interview she repeated the threat, saying she could find out where the officer lived and would not care if her husband and children were in the house. She later said she had no intention of carrying out the threat but wanted to scare the police officer.

Defence barrister Paul Kearney said the "vile and disgusting language" could not be excused but added that there was nothing in Campbell's background to suggest she would ever carry out such threats.

District Judge Barney McElholm said that if Campbell was before the court again she risked going to prison.

She was given a conditional discharge for two years and ordered to pay one police officer £150 in compensation and the other £200.

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