Grantham court: Grandmother avoids custody for intimidation

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A 61-year-old grandmother pleaded guilty to intimidating the friend of a witness in a police investigation.

Linda Powell, of Holden Way, Great Gonerby, appeared before Grantham magistrates charged with committing the offence on July 4.

The court heard how at around 4.30pm on the day in question two women and their children pulled up in a car in Brittain Drive, Grantham.

As one of them went to get her shopping from the boot she then turned around to 
discover Powell was behind her.

Prosecutor Shelley Wilson read a statement from the woman who said after the defendant commented on her connection to the witness in the ongoing police investigation involving Powell’s grandson, she then said: “You’re all going to get shot up by ‘black Adie’ from Notts.”

Defending, Jane Bauer said that her client denied saying this as she had never heard of someone called ‘black Adie’, but did admit that she had approached and confronted the complainant, although could not remember her exact words.

Mrs Bauer explained that Powell had happened to see the women on Brittain Drive after giving her daughter a lift home, and therefore it was “not a planned attack in any way”.

Powell was described as being “ashamed” and “in a state of anxiety” about appearing in court.

And Mrs Bauer added: “I couldn’t imagine a less likely candidate for witness intimidation.”

Magistrates said they had considered giving a custodial sentence due to the nature of the offence, but decided on a community order of 160 hours’ unpaid work.

Powell must also pay prosecution costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £60, while a restraining order was also imposed forbidding Powell from making any contact with the witness or entering Brittain Drive.