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999 caller ‘in a fantasy world’

A woman accused of repeatedly phoning 999 to claim she had been attacked or pestered by the Press appears to be living in a fantasy world, the High Court has heard.

Silvana Alexander (48) also allegedly rang neighbours to deliver a torrent of abuse or ordered takeaways to be delivered to them. She is under further investigation on suspicion of making calls to the emergency services, the prosecution said.

Alexander, of Lagan Walk, Lisburn, Co Antrim, faces charges of improper use of electronic communications causing anxiety and wasting police time.

Crown counsel David McClean said 12 calls were made to the 999 centre during one day in September. Opposing bail, the barrister said: “It is highly likely she will reoffend.”

A defence lawyer stressed that Alexander was prepared to surrender her phone to secure bail.

The judge, Mr Justice McLaughlin, said: “From what I'm told, she is living in a fantasy world.”

Adjourning the application, he asked for a doctor's report to be supplied.

Belfast Telegraph