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Woman issued threats

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

A woman who made threats towards two females in the street has been given a suspended sentence.

Fiona Lagan was said to have shouted: “You’ll both be leaving in a body bag. I’ll torch your house.”

It was also suggested that she had wrapped a fabric dog lead around her hand in a threatening manner.

Lagan, 36, of Newton Drive, Blackpool, had pleaded guilty to affray and was given 12 months prison, suspended for 18 months, with 12 months supervision and an order to do 100 hours’ unpaid work.

A judge also ordered her to pay over £200 compensation and placed her on a two-year restraining order not to contact the two women, or enter Lily Street.

The cases arises from an incident on Lily Street on October 5 last year.

Nigel Beeston, prosecuting at Preston Crown Court, said Lagan and one of the women in the case knew each other, having been neighbours some time ago.

That woman heard a female voice outside referring to her and another woman at the house in abusive terms.

The Crown accepted that those comments may not have been made by the defendant.

The two women went outside and words were exchanged. The prosecution said Lagan wrapped a dog lead around her hand in a threatening manner.

There was some suggestion from her that there would be a physical confrontation.

She told them: “You’ll both be leaving in a body bag. I’ll torch your house.”

The two other women retreated into the house and called the police.

Lagan and others were outside.

She had 39 previous offences on her record.

Julie Taylor, defending, said Lagan had overreacted to a dispute with the two women, or being confronted by them.

Ms Taylor said: “She accepts that her aggressive behaviour and comments could have made them fear for their safety.”

Judge Ian Leeming QC told Lagan her behaviour has been “disgraceful”.

 
 
 

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