Defendant claims allegations were fabricated by police

A FORMER corrective services employee told Stanthorpe Magistrates Court she had been bullied by police and her former employer.

Karen Linda Wantling, 52, faced the court on three charges of using a carriage service to menace, harass or cause offence.

The charges related to three telephone calls made on April 19, 2013 between 8pm-10.45pm which police alleged were made by Wantling.

Wantling, who defended herself, told the court repeatedly the allegations were fabricated by the police and corrective services.

"It's their word against mine. This is a continuation of the bullying," she said.

The court heard when former supervisor Keith Muller answered his phone, Wantling said "you are a fat, lazy, useless c*** and your wife is a fat b****. I know where you live and I'm going to come round and get you".

Mr Muller told the court he recognised Wantling's voice and that he took the statement as an intention to cause harm to him and his family.

The second incident was in a relation to a telephone call to an ex-colleague's wife.

Kelly McKay, wife of Scott McKay, told the court she received a call saying her a member of her family had been involved in a serious motor vehicle crash and she needed to go to the Princess Alexandra Hospital immediately.

Mrs McKay told the court she left work hysterical, attempting to contact various hospitals to locate her son as she knew it could not be her husband.

"I was beside myself, my knees just went to jelly," Mrs McKay said.

Wantling cross-examined Mrs McKay, accusing her of colluding with the police and corrective services to fabricate the claims.

"I'd like to know who told you to say it," Wantling yelled at the witness.

"They were the abusive ones, not me. Your husband was the abusive one and you're a nut case!

"I hope it's f***ing worth it," Wantling said as she stormed from the court room. Magistrate Roger Stark warned Wantling her behaviour was unacceptable.

"The way you behaved before the break, threatening and intimidating the witness, is unacceptable," Mr Stark said.

"You'll be taken into custody and charged with contempt of court."

Wantling replied that she did not like being falsely accused, claiming she was the victim.

Mr Stark warned Wantling cross-examination would be stopped if she stepped out of line again.

The court then heard the third call was to the family home of Scott McKay, who's then 17-year-old daughter Aymie McKay answered the phone.

"She said 'your father is a f***ing paedophile. I know where you live and I will kill your father'," Miss McKay said.

Wantling asked the witness who she had colluded with.

"I'm telling the truth in a court of law," Miss McKay said.

In closing, Wantling said she would never say anything along the lines of which she had been accused.

"I can't even imagine saying things like that," she said.

Judgment was reserved with the matter adjourned to a date yet to be set.



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