A woman who posted abusive messages to someone on Facebook while sitting in a police custody suite has appeared in court./doublefacepalm
Katie Bedford threatened to “stab” and “kill” someone on the social networking site while she was visiting her brother at Fulford Road Police Station.Lovely! And he didn’t get charged for the actual assault, but she did for the virtual threat!
He had been arrested on suspicion of assaulting her Facebook friend Tom Cookson, the court heard.
Her brother was released without charge, but Bedford, 20, of Byland Avenue, off Huntington Road, York, was charged and appeared before York magistrates where she pleaded guilty to sending a menacing message on February 4.Mitigation is, well, rather hopeless, as it usually is:
She was ordered to do 100 hours’ unpaid work and 12 months’ supervision.
For Bedford, Sally Howard said: “Using a social network is instant. It was done in the heat of the moment.Does your client look like the sort of person who thinks about anything?
“Unfortunately, you cannot withdraw it. It’s not like writing a letter where you can think about it and end up not sending it.”
Bedford had intended to make Mr Cookson anxious and distressed but she was remorseful for her actions, the court heard.I bet she doesn’t find one.
At the time, she had been living in shared accommodation and wasn’t happy. As a result, she had been drinking too much. She had since moved back to live with her mother, had stopped drinking and was looking for a job.