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"I hope your baby dies” – woman admits threatening pregnant PC
A WOMAN told a pregnant police officer that she hoped her baby would die after becoming frustrated at Bournemouth’s inquiry office.
Zara Hill, 29, of Limesdale Gardens in Edgware, north London, visited the police station in Madeira Road last year to report an incident.
But after being kept waiting, she became “agitated” and began to shout and swear.
PC Lou Roberts was called to speak to the defendant, but Hill told the officer that she hoped she would have “the worst labour” and that her baby died.
She admitted using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment, alarm or distress at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court on February 7, after entering a not guilty plea during her first court appearance.
Nicola Reece, prosecuting, said: “At 6pm on October 7 last year, the defendant entered Bournemouth enquiry office in Madeira Road.
“During a discussion she started to become agitated and raised her voice.
“She was swearing and was verbally abusive.
“She was asked to stop as other members of the public were there at that time.
PC Roberts was called, and the defendant shouted in her direction, ‘I hope you have the worst labour. No, in fact I hope your baby dies’.”
Hill, who represented herself at the court, said she had written a letter of apology to the officer.
“I was in a really bad state of mind,” she said.
“I was trying to report a serious matter and I found it very frustrating that I wasn’t being supported at a very difficult time.
“It came out of pure anger, and it shouldn’t have happened.”
Hill admitted she could have been “under the influence” at the time of the incident.
She was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay costs of £55 at the court.