A woman abused and threatened the life of a prison officer by sending multiple Facebook messages, a harassment campaign which began soon after she got out of jail.
Jamie Elizabeth Millar first met her victim when she was an inmate at the Auckland Regional Women’s prison. The victim worked as a prison officer in the unit where the defendant was placed.
In April 2016, Millar was jailed for 19 months after she broke into the home of a woman she had become infatuated with and assaulted her by punching her around the head and upper body.
Millar had been given a written warning to stay away from the victim prior to the attack, after months of unwanted attempts at contact.
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During her time in prison for the assault, it became known that Millar had formed an emotional attachment to the prison officer.
In December 2016, Millar was released from jail and within 24 hours she sent a message to the victim on Facebook asking to be friends with her.
This was in breach of a non-association order imposed on Millar as part of her release conditions.
Sergeant Steve Hickey said Millar then began sending “threatening and aggressive messages” on Facebook to the victim. She used seven different profiles to send the messages, all of which were unknown to the victim, he said.
Between January 18 and February 14 this year, Millar sent 17 threatening messages to the victim.
Hickey said the defendant also targeted the victim’s mother and sent her six messages, some of which threatened the complainant’s life. Two messages were also sent to the victim’s brother also, which were also aggressive in nature.
“As a result of the messages the victim was fearful that the defendant was going to harm her or her family,” Hickey said.
During Tuesday’s hearing in the Hawera District Court, Millar pleaded guilty to a charge of causing harm by posting a digital communication and breaching her release conditions.
Lawyer Nathan Bourke said a mental health report was previously completed on the 29-year-old and she was found to be fit to plead to the charges.
He said Millar, who had an intellectual disability and was diagnosed as bi-polar, lived with her mother in Patea, South Taranaki.
She had learning difficulties and found it hard to explain or express herself, Bourke added.
“There’s a clear need for psychological input,” he told the court.
Judge Chris Sygrove convicted Millar and sentenced her to a 24 month term of intensive supervision.
Several conditions were placed on Millar as part of her sentence, including having no contact with her victims, to attend counselling and anger management programmes and not to possess any electronic device which had the ability to connect to the internet.