Woman who made ‘999’ call in Limavady for a lift had been on ‘a mad auld binge’

Limavady Courthouse
Limavady Courthouse

A 44-year-old woman who made a ‘999’ call in Limavady to get a lift to her mother’s house had been on “a mad auld binge”, a court has heard.

Denise Hynds was sentenced to four months in jail at Limavady Magistrate’s Court on Wednesday for the offence of wasting police time by making a false report.

The court was told that on June 29, 2014, police in Limavady responded to a ‘999’ call from the defendant stating ‘please help me’.

Further calls were made and Hynds was tracked down to a house in the Alexander Road area of the town.

When police went into the house, Hynds was sitting at the kitchen table drinking from a can of beer, and did not appear to be in any danger, the court heard.

Hynds, with an address at Carniny Court, Ballymena, said she wanted a lift.

Police told Hynds they were not a taxi service.

Hynds told police she just wanted to go her mother’s, and that she had been on a “mad auld binge”.

Police checked the phone and it was confirmed Hynds’ mobile phone was used to make the calls.

Defence solicitor Paddy McGurk said Hynds made full admissions at the time and was now serving a prison sentence and was aware of the seriousness of the offence.

“She knows this does carry a prison sentence. She’s in prison now and she is doing everything she can to get away from this spiral of drink and drugs,” said Mr McGurk, who added: “She’s a model prisoner.”

District Judge Liam McNally said he would impose a four-month jail sentence concurrent to the sentence Hynds is serving.

“You’re building youself up a bit of record,” the judge added.