Folkestone woman jailed for wasting police time after sending abusive texts TO HERSELF

PUBLISHED: 12:32 12 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:32 12 July 2017

Emily-Jo Banks

Emily-Jo Banks


Emily-Jo Banks told officers a man was targeting her throughout August and September in 2015

A Folkestone woman who sent abusive texts to herself and claimed she was being persistently harassed has been jailed for wasting police time.

Emily-Jo Banks, 23, of Westbourne Gardens, told police a man was targeting her throughout August and September in 2015.

In that time, she claimed the man, aged in his 20s, followed her home, spied on her while she was in her back garden, sent threatening texts, attacked her and climbed onto her garage.

Officers attended her home and acted on her concerns, but she was caught out after a number of suspicious incidents.

They attended the man’s address in Dover and found the man had not sent any messages at the times Banks claimed she had received them.

They also found the messages stopped while officers were inside her home.

In one incident, Banks claimed to have received two texts in quick succession concerning dogs outside the front of her home and what she was doing in the back garden.

Officers questioned how one person could view the front and rear of the property at the same time.

They examined Banks’ phone and found she was logged into the man’s social media profiles and was sending herself threatening messages.

Her phone was also linked to an email address she claimed the man had used to send information about herself to the social services and media organisations.

She was arrested and subsequently appeared at Canterbury Crown Court on Friday where she was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Investigating officer Detective Constable Natasha Russell said: “Banks intentionally perverted the course of justice by lying to the police.

“Not only has she caused significant distress to the victim but she has also wasted the time of hardworking officers.

“The fact that she has received a prison sentence shows the seriousness of this offence.

“We do not take this issue lightly and anyone caught will be dealt with appropriately.”

Other popular content

Wed, 14:31

Stanford Parish Council chair Matthew Webb has led the fight against the proposals since they were first announced in 2015

Wed, 11:14

KCC faces a drastic shortage in Year 7 places in the town over the next few years

Friday, November 10, 2017

Water levels have lowered significantly in recent days

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Temporary cuts to services have been in place since June and are not likely to return until the new year

Digital edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
Kent Life Food & Drink awards 2016. Open for entries.

Most read

Local business directory

Kent's trusted business finder