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Northern Ireland woman rang 999 for 'moth in her room'

By Nevin Farrell

A woman who phoned for police on the 999 emergency number saying there was a "moth in her room" which was frightening her has been put on probation for a year.

Roisin Hamill (56), whose address was given as The Traveller's Rest at Galgorm Road in Ballymena, had previously phoned the police around eight times claiming she had been assaulted causing the PSNI to waste time making enquiries in Lurgan, Ballymena and Ballymoney.

She had been warned not to abuse the 999 number but when she then phoned to say she was afraid of a moth in her room police arrested her at the Traveller's Rest.

She was clutching several plastic carrier bags when she appeared in the dock at Ballymena Magistrates Court yesterday and defence solicitor Andrew Kinney said that was connected to his client's mental health.

Hamill pleaded guilty to a charge of "causing annoyance, inconvenience or needless anxiety" by persistently using a public electronic communications network in August this year.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant was a "complex individual" with a number of previous convictions. He said she needed assistance and if she wanted to avoid going to prison she should co-operate with agencies trying to help her.

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