Female lout ordered to pay compensation to her victims07/12/2022
Female lout who called neighbour ‘fat a**e’ and hurled ageist abuse at her friend as they moved house must pay them £150 compensation
- Francine O’Reilly, 40, shouted at her neighbour Pauline Melia and her friend
- She described Ms Melia as a ‘fat a**e’ and Valerie Carmichael as an ‘old c**t’
- O’Reilly was ordered to pay each victim £75 in damages plus £295 in costs
A female lout has been ordered to pay two other women £150 compensation after she hurled fat-shaming and ageist abuse at them as one was helping the other move house.
Francine O’Reilly, 40, called neighbour Pauline Melia ‘fat a**e’ then labelled her friend Valerie Carmichael a ‘grey-haired old c**t’ after she spotted them getting ready to load boxes into a van.
During her random tirade in Everton near Liverpool, O’Reilly told Ms Melia: ‘Fat a**e, fat t**t you are going to get it you sweat’ before turning on Ms Carmichael saying: ‘You grey haired old c**t, I am going to have you as well. I am coming for you.
‘I am going to get my trainers and I’m having this in the street. I will have you.’
Francine O’Reilly, 40, was ordered to pay two women compensation after she verbally abused them in Liverpool in October 2020
Upon sentencing at Sefton Magistrates’ Court, pictured, District Judge James Hatton told O’Reilly: ‘You were found guilty after trial of some unpleasant language you used towards these individuals. I suspect that you have some difficulty with your temper.’
The two women moved away from the scene and called police saying they left frightened by O’Reilly’s threatening language.
Ms Melia said ‘s victim impact statement, which said: ‘I feel that I have changed as a person, living my life on edge. I feel nervous and anxious all the time due to the stress and I do not sleep well. I have been seeking medication from my doctor to enable me to sleep.
‘I do not go back to that area where we had lived. I do not wish to see Francine again. We should not have to live in fear. If I returned to the area there could be more intimidation or a repeat of her behaviour towards me.
‘Since moving, my quality of life has improved. I no longer feel like I have to have my mobile phone in case something happens.’
Ms Carmichael said she was still living near O’Reilly and would sometimes see her while shopping. As a result she would shop early or late in the day to avoid seeing her.
‘Francine knows the car I drive,’ she added. ‘So I try to park it out of sight when I am going shopping in fear she will do some damage to my car or try to follow me and find out where I live.
‘I fear going out and about in case I come into contact with her. I feel she has no respect for anybody and her behaviour is unacceptable.’
At Sefton magistrates’ court, Merseyside, O’Reilly, 40, of Sefton Park, Liverpool, was convicted of using threatening behaviour and was ordered to pay each victim £75 in damages plus £295 in costs. She was also made subject of a 12-month community order with 15 rehabilitation days and will have to abide by a 7pm-7am curfew for four weeks.
She denied wrongdoing but was convicted at an earlier hearing after a trial held in her absence.
Miss Amie Gouldson, prosecuting, said the incident took place on October 8, 2020 when the friends were subjected to a tirade of abuse.
Ms Gouldson said O’Reilly was convicted in her absence and it took 12 months to track her down and return her before the court.
O’Reilly had a previous public order matter on record from 1999. In mitigation defence solicitor Emma Smith said: ‘She is not usually someone who conducts herself in this manner. The complainant does not live at that address any longer and there has been no repeat of the behaviour.
‘The biggest issues for Ms O’Reilly are her mental health, which she is dealing with, and her accommodation which she is dealing with in the immediate future.’
Upon sentencing, District Judge James Hatton told O’Reilly: ‘You were found guilty after trial of some unpleasant language you used towards these individuals. I suspect that you have some difficulty with your temper.’
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