A man who rang 999 ranting about how paedophiles were being protected by the police told the call handler to “go f**k her kids”, a court heard.
Swindon man Alexander Brown, 34, appeared before magistrates in Swindon this week charged with two counts of using a public communication network to send a grossly offensive message – offences to which he pleaded guilty.
Crown prosecutor Ben Worthington said the defendant, of Charlton House, Upham Road, first called the police on 999 on 24 January last year.
In his first of three calls that day, he asked the call handler why the police protect the paedophiles in Swindon. He made comments about mismanagement and corruption.
The operator told Brown they need to terminate the call as it is not a criminal matter, and in response, he began shouting abuse down the phone. Before hanging up, he said: “F**k you, you f**king b**ch. Go and f**k your kids.”
He then made another call and was greeted by a different operator – this call wasn’t as abusive.
However, in his third phone call of the day, he said: “Go f**k your mother. I bet you do it to your kids, don’t you? Nonce.”
On 17 March last year, around two months after the first phone calls, Brown rang the police on 999 and was told he was wanted for a voluntary interview by officers investigating his previous phone calls to the call centre.
He told the call handler to “go f**k herself”, before threatening to take a drugs overdose.
Brown told the operator he was going to contact drug friends who have knives to stay at his address to defend himself against police officers if they attend to do a welfare check.
In custody, the defendant refused to listen to the phone calls. He told the interviewing officer: “I know I sound not very nice when I’m angry” before admitting he’d drank an entire bottle of vodka ahead of making the abusive calls.
Defence solicitor Emma Hillier told the court her client was “very remorseful”, adding that 17 March last year was his last alcohol binge and has been making positive changes to his life.
She said he has Asperger’s syndrome and suffers from Emotionally Unstable Personality Disorder (EUPD), alongside an ongoing struggle with alcohol.
Magistrates told Brown it was a “really serious offence” against people “providing a frontline service”.
An 18-month community order was imposed, with 20 rehabilitation activity requirement days and an 18-month mental health treatment requirement.
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