Over the weekend, we wrote about Neelu Berry and Andy Peacher’s campaign of harassment against the Airedale Centre for Mental Health. Andy, Neelu, John ‘Butlincat’ Graham, and a number of their friends spent the weekend calling the reception desk and harassing the unlucky receptionists, in a malicious attempt to create havoc and disruption on behalf of a woman they claimed had been “kidnapped and held hostage” in the mental health facility.
Considering Andy’s family’s experience with telephone harassment campaigns, we confess we’re a little surprised that he would initiate this one. You see, in February 2015 Andy’s wife Joanne was sentenced to 16 weeks in prison for…you guessed it.
Granted, Joanne’s offence involved phoning in multiple bomb threats to emergency services:
The Grimsby Telegraph article continues:
“A custodial sentence is indicative of the seriousness of this offence,” a spokesperson said.
“It sends out a clear message that action will be taken against anyone who seeks to jeopardise the safety of the wider community by falsely engaging the emergency services.”
Peacher had been charged with making a hoax bomb call to Immingham Police Station on January 4. There were two other charges relating to similar offences on January 6 and January 9.
District Judge Daniel Curtis sentenced Peacher to a total of 16 weeks in prison due to the serious nature of her calls and she was also ordered to pay a victims’ surcharge of £80.
Her offending was in breach of a previous suspended sentence made in December for sending nuisance messages and persistently using public communication, relating to 999 calls.
Defence solicitor Andrea Wilkes told the court in mitigation that Peacher had shown genuine remorse, pleaded guilty and deeply regretted her actions.
Her behaviour was linked to the mental health problems she had been suffering from and she did not intend to carry out the bomb threats.
A lengthy pre-sentence report gave the court details of Peacher’s troubled history.
District Judge Curtis told Peacher that it was clear that she had no intention of carrying out the bomb threats and that she had very complex mental health needs.
He added that she had to be jailed because of her previous offending history.
We were interested to note that at the time of his wife’s legal troubles, Andy actually blamed mental health services for her predicament:
It sounds like Joanne does have some serious mental health issues, including auditory hallucinations and a learning impairment. This is very sad, and we’re sure it cannot be easy for either of the Peachers to deal with. It sounds as though the Peachers had their children removed by social services as well, which could only have added to their distress.
However, we note from the Grimsby Telegraph article above that “(h)er offending was in breach of a previous suspended sentence made in December for sending nuisance messages and persistently using public communication, relating to 999 calls”.
So it’s not as if she hadn’t been warned. And yet she carried on.
We do wonder whether Andy’s apparent hatred of mental health services stems from his belief that their local mental health centre was somehow responsible for Joanne’s calling in multiple bomb threats to the local police station, and her ultimate incarceration.
In any case, there’s absolutely no excuse for Andy and Neelu’s behaviour over the weekend.
Many thanks to several of our readers who wrote to the Airedale Centre to let them know who was behind the harassing calls. We hope the Centre will consider pressing charges.
And for his next act…
It seems that Peter Hofschroer, one of the many convicted paedophiles who seem to be on very friendly terms with various members of the Hoaxtead mob, is due to appear in court this Thursday, 3 November, to face an extradition hearing.
Andy, who runs a Facebook page titled “Justice for Peter Hofschroer”, is urging people to turn up at the courthouse in a show of support for Hofschroer, who was convicted of having a jaw-dropping 36,000 child sexual abuse images on his computer.
Andy, it seems, is another one of those folk who lurches from one misbegotten project to the next, unable 0r unwilling to grasp that his actions, far from being helpful, are damaging in the extreme.