June 9, 2022 9.15 am This story is over 24 months old

Woman used Facebook live to appeal for knife to stab police officer

She previously launched a civil claim against the officer

A court has heard how a Boston woman used a Facebook Live broadcast to appeal for a knife in order to stab a named police officer.

Magistrates fined 46-year-old Katherine Gregg £150 after she admitted posting the menacing late-night message.

It happened at Pilgrim Hospital when she came across the officer who had allegedly assaulted her during a previous encounter.

Prosecutor Marie Stace told town magistrates on Wednesday: “Miss Gregg had posted a video onto Facebook Live. She wanted someone to bring her a knife so she could stab a particular officer.”

The court was told that the video was only seen and reported to police by a witness the following morning.

Miss Stace said the officer had been in A&E talking to a couple who were visiting a patient receiving end-of-life care.

Gregg had gone up to the couple and told them not to talk to the officer as he was “a wife beater”.

“The couple were crying and this behaviour clearly added to their distress,” added Miss Stace.

The defendant also pleaded guilty to using threatening behaviour. A separate harassment charge was withdrawn.

The court was told that Gregg had launched a civil claim against the officer following a previous incident when she suffered a fracture, a punctured lung and disc damage.

Carrie Simpson, mitigating, said the term her client had used about the officer was actually “woman beater”, borne out of her belief that he had previously assaulted Gregg when she was removed from a car.

“She did upload that video but it’s fair to say her state of mind was already very agitated before she even saw the officer,” added Miss Simpson.

Gregg, of Lincoln Lane, was fined £50 for the threatening behaviour offence and ordered to pay £34 victim surcharge.