Wife who repeatedly called her husband while he watched football is convicted of harassment | The Sun

A WIFE who repeatedly called her husband hounding him to come home while he watched football has been convicted of harassment.

Joanne Healey, 59, bombarded husband Steve with calls as he tried to enjoy the Chelsea v Manchester United game with mates.

When the 60-year-old stopped taking her calls, his wife began targeting his friends John and Debbie Ashworth on their landline.

Boozed-up Healey branded the couple "paedophiles" – forcing them to leave their phone off the hook.

She has now been handed a 12-month community order and £80 fine after admitting harassment.

Healey will also have to attend 20 days of rehabilitative activity with the probation service and pay £234 in costs and a victim surcharge.

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Wirral Magistrates' Court was told Healey had fallen out with friend of 30 years Debbie after she was booted out of a martial arts class due to her drinking.

In the days leading up to the Premier League match, the housewife had made abusive calls and texts to her former pal.

Debbie blocked Healey but the housewife continued bombarding her – ringing her 59 times in just two hours on one occasion.

On October 22 last year, Steve had gone round to the Ashworth's home to watch the game with the couple and their son.

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Debbie told police Healey kept ringing Steve and asking him "where he was and when he would be home".

He told his wife he'd be home soon and would bring the dog back with him but when he stopped answering, Healey began calling Debbie and John's landline instead.

Debbie said: "My son answered the phone to Healey and he told her to stop ringing me.

"I then told her multiple times to leave me alone and not to contact me again, but her reaction was drunken abuse, shouting and swearing at me, calling me and my husband 'paedophiles' and calling me a 's**g'.

"She even accused me of having an affair with her husband Steve, which is a lot of rubbish."

Debbie said she kept putting the phone down when Healey called as she did not want to get into an argument but the calls continued.

Eventually, she took the landline off the hook but was forced to plug it back in as she looks after her mum and feared there would be an emergency.

After Steve left, Debbie called the police, who quizzed Healey over the nuisance calls.

She told officers she just wanted the dog as her husband had been out since 4pm on October 22 till the early hours of the 23rd.

Healey, who has no previous convictions, also claimed she got annoyed when the Ashworths and Steve kept hanging up on her and admitted she had been drinking.

Sentencing, JP Mary Garvey said: “It is unfortunate that you are in court today.

"The calls were persistent and prolonged but we are not going to place a restraining order on you because of the passage of time, it is over eight months and there have been no further incidents.

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“But it is a warning to you and a lesson to you and we hope that we do not see you before these courts again.”

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