Belfast Telegraph

Alcoholic 999 phone pest back in court on new charge

By Paul Higgins

A judge has refused to bail an alcoholic 999 phone pest - who once called emergency services to say there was a ghost in his house - after he was accused of making another nuisance call just four days after his release from jail.

At Antrim Magistrates Court, 24-year-old Stephen Brown confirmed that he understood the charge - that he breached his Anti-Social Behaviour Order on March 21 this year by making a 999 call which was not an emergency. That Asbo was put in place as a result of Brown's repeated nuisance 999 calls.

The prosecution intends to refer the case to the Crown Court.

Asking for bail, defence barrister Neil Moore said Brown had recently been released from prison after a seven month sentence for a similar offence.

That prison sentence was imposed last October when the court heard Brown, from Cairn Walk in Crumlin, made two nuisance calls on Christmas Day 2014.

He had drunkenly claimed he was American pop star Nicki Minaj and that believed there was a poltergeist in his home. In another call, five minutes later, he said two men were coming to kill him.

Yesterday Mr Moore told the court that having been free for four days, Brown went to his sister's house and consumed alcohol and there was "some form of altercation" before Brown returned to his own property.

It was from there, said the lawyer that Brown first called the Samaritans because he thought he spotted his sister's boyfriend but they told him "if he thought it was an emergency to call the police".

Brown allegedly made that call to the emergency services but the operator decided it was not an emergency so the alcoholic called the police non-emergency number 101, said the lawyer.

Mr Moore submitted that there was only a single call to the 999 operator with no "significant waste of police time".

But Judge White replied: "I have no doubt if I release him he will be back before the end of the week."

Brown is to appear again via videolink on April 19.

Belfast Telegraph


From Belfast Telegraph