The trio, who are all unemployed, were each sentenced to four months in prison, but were released on bail after a last-minute appeal. The court heard how Copperwheat was so worried she would be jailed, she attempted suicide on Saturday night.
She became hysterical in the dock, as her sentence was delivered, and shouted, “I am so sorry, it was only a joke”.Making threats to kill and demanding money with menaces? Some ‘joke’. What are you, retarded?
Oh. Of course.
The court heard Gaynor has learning difficulties, Copperwheat has mental health problems and Stubbings has a brain injury. Gaynor told officers he did not realise the upset the calls would have caused Mr Reno and added he suffered long term memory-loss.
He said they were bored and thought the calls would be funny.How terribly convenient. Really, you see, they are the victims, the poor lambs, and not the hard-working shop owner or his pregnant wife.
Dee Kaur, mitigating, told the court heard clients had: “Low intelligence and morality”, but they had not intended to harm Mr Reno.There’s a lot of ‘low intelligence and morality’ on display here, and it’s by no means confined to Gaynor, Copperwheat and Stubbings…