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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

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Barrow mum-of-three swears at judge as he jails her for asbo breach

A YOUNG mum-of-three screamed expletives at a judge as he jailed her for breaching her anti-social behaviour order.

Sara Louise Arnold directed a verbal tirade at district judge Gerald Chalk at Furness and District Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday as he sent her to prison for 60 days.

Arnold, 25, of Harrison Street, Barrow, had pleaded guilty to breaching her asbo on May 6.

The court heard she had used verbal abuse to cause harassment, alarm and distress towards Melanie Evans in Harrison Street.

Prosecutor, Mr John Appleby, said Arnold had thought Mrs Evans was laughing and sniggering at her and Arnold told her to watch her back and used other abuse.

Defending, Mr Michael Graham, said Arnold accepted she had breached the order but had denied saying “watch your back” and instead told the neighbour to “get your fat head in and go and clean your house”.

Mr Graham said Arnold, the sole carer for her three children, had been engaging with different agencies for problems with alcohol and assessments were being made to establish if Arnold has bipolar and adult ADHD.

The solicitor said Arnold believed several phone calls had been made about her to social workers.

When being sent to jail Arnold shouted at the judge: “Thank you very much, when you know my kids are going into care,” followed by expletives.

A restraining order was made for three years to stop Arnold having contact with Mrs Evans.

Arnold was given an asbo for five years in April last year for causing harassment without violence between February and March last year in Rodney Street, Barrow, where she formerly lived.

Arnold had pleaded guilty to harassment of her former neighbour, Margaret Fitzsimmons, by playing loud music and threatening to kill her when she was asked to turn the volume down.

One of the songs being played loudly was It Must Have Been Love by 1980s band Roxette.

The asbo prohibits Arnold from using music equipment at volume which would be likely to cause a nuisance and from causing alarm, harassment or distress by actions or words to her neighbours.

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