Monday, May 23, 2011

Woman sent threatening messages to herself, told police they were from ex-boyfriend

Technology to the rescue of an innocent man in Rotorua, New Zealand.

Jacinta Maree Hammond, 23, pleaded guilty to charges of making a false statement to police and wilfully attempting to pervert the course of justice. Hammond purchased a pre-pay phone and sent four text "threats" to herself. More than a week later, she went to police and claimed her (thankfully) unnamed estranged partner was threatening her. Her proof: the text messages she, herself, had authored.

Following her guilty plea, Hammond's lawyer requested the court seek a psychiatric report to help in sentencing, saying her client had not been "functioning well" for some time.  The lawyer said her client had little recollection of the incidents. "She recalls some things but the rest is a complete blank," she told the court.

Hammond will be sentenced on July 19.  "You should be making preparations in case you are sent to prison," the Judge told her.

Another example of modern technology leaving "traceable footprints" that help justice prevail.
Thanks to LDM