Queenstown woman in dock on three phone charges

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A well-known Queenstown woman is accused of allegedly misusing a telephone to give fake messages about the daughter of a local family.

The accused, who broke down and shook uncontrollably in Queenstown District Court today (Monday), has been granted interim name suppression for three charges.

It’s alleged that on May 26 the woman used a phone to knowingly give a fictitious message to someone, saying the family “had created a lot of trouble in Queenstown, had committed financial fraud, the community hated them and there had been walkouts at school because of them”, court papers reveal.

The second charge says that on August 2 the woman used the phone to say “that she was Ann Marie Thompson, a sexual health worker and that [the daughter of the local family] had a sexually transmitted disease, was in a lesbian relationship with another girl and wanted her to make an appointment at the clinic”.

The third charge, also on August 2, says she used a phone to knowingly give another fictitious message, “that she was Ann Marie Thompson, a sexual health worker and that [the daughter of the same local family] needed support with treatment”.

The woman entered no plea and Judge Kevin Phillips remanded her till October 3, in time for a psychological report to be completed.