A judge has warned a Stratford woman to stop sending spiteful messages or she might face imprisonment.
Sonja Maree Lawson, 38, was given a suspended sentence of 12 months by Judge Geoffrey Ellis at the Hawera District Court yesterday.
Lawson was convicted on two counts for using a telephone with the intention of offending the recipient.
The court was told that between April 13 and April 19, Lawson incessantly texted abusive messages in the early hours to two Ministry of Social Development employees after becoming angry at being investigated for suspected beneficiary fraud.
It was believed a total of 11 messages were received by each employee at the end of the six-day period, calling them "pervert" and "peeping tom".
The plaintiffs said the messages had put a strain on their daily lives.
Judge Ellis said the words Lawson used on the two plantiffs were "very profane and obscene".
"It was the most obscene terms known in the Anglo-Saxon language," Judge Ellis said.
When Lawson was asked by police prosecutor Steve Butler if she found those messages annoying, she replied: "No, as it was true".
She maintained she did not intend to harrass her recipients with her messages.
However, Judge Ellis said he did not believe her. "You know exactly what you were doing.
"You wanted to vent your anger and ill-feelings towards them and it was therefore malicious."
Judge Ellis also told Lawson to shift her energies to a more "productive enterprise".
Lawson was remanded until September 24 for other charges.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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