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Police time waster admits sending threats to herself
3:04pm Thursday 20th September 2012 in Local
A DEPRESSED Oldbury woman sent herself a string of death and bomb threats resulting in the arrest of an innocent close relative.
Wolverhampton Crown Court was told police took the fictitious threats against Alexandra O’Sullivan extremely seriously and wasted valuable resources and time carrying out an investigation.
The 24-year-old of Hales Lane, admitted attempting to pervert the course of justice and was given a 12-month community order, a nine-month supervision order and told to carry out 100 hours unpaid work.
Warren Stanier, prosecuting, said O'Sullivan carried out a campaign of making false complaints to police about her life being threatened and sinister objects being left outside her front door.
She claimed she had received the death threats over Facebook and in letters and she also got friends to back up the claims that her life was in danger by sending them messages.
The police dealt with no less than 23 complaints from O'Sullivan with one threat reading "Alex is a dead girl" while another said "What would I get for chopping Alex?"
Mr Stanier said a threat informed O'Sullivan that a bomb had been left in a bag by her front door while another claimed there was a man with a gun outside the property.
It was not until the close relative was arrested that she went to police and confessed to sending the death threats to herself.
Samantha Forsyth, defending, said O'Sullivan, a woman of previous good character, had a number of "long standing and deep rooted issues," but was now getting help for her problems.