A vulnerable woman set her dog on a policeman probing claims she threw a pig’s head at children playing in the street near her home.Ummm…
Alison Mafham, defending, said Clarke had been subjected to a sickening campaign of intimidation, which culminated with the severed pig’s head being impaled on railings outside her home.
She said: “She has been the victim in her area of bullying from local youths. She is a vulnerable lady.”
She added: “The dogs are all she has.”Well, she should have been glad to see the cop, surely? So they could resolve her issues?
Manchester Magistrates’ Court heard the 49-year-old told the officer to leave because she had missed Coronation Street, and “did not like police.”Whoops!
But District Judge Jonathan Finestein said she had shown a “total lack of empathy” and tried to blame victims, who she dubbed “scallywags”, for the attacks.
Sentencing Clarke to 14 weeks’ jail, suspended for two years, he said: “Unfortunately it is the case sometimes that people like you who have mental health issues are very easy targets for cowards and bullies.”
But he added: “The problem with you is that when things go wrong you lose it, and you lose control of the dogs, and you lose the fact that these dogs can cause harm.”However, she still views herself as the victim, clearly.
He also ordered the dogs be destroyed if Clarke did not keep them muzzled and on a lead outside her home in Harpurhey, and told her to pay £200 in compensation to each of the victims.
As she left the dock following sentence Clarke yelled: “There’ll be consequences for these scumbags who are getting away with murder while I have to suffer” .Sounds like a threat to me. So, we’ll be seeing her again, I suspect…