A YOUNG woman has admitted twice intimidating a theft victim in a bid to get him to drop the charges.
Faye Eccleston, 22, had previously denied the charges and a trial was due to be held yesterday but she changed her pleas to guilty and received a suspended prison sentence.
Judge Niclas Parry told her she ought to choose her friends more carefully and accepted she had acted under the influence of more experienced offenders.
Eccleston had no previous convictions but it was a serious matter which could have affected the administration of justice, the judge said.
Judge Parry, sitting at Mold Crown Court, said Eccleston now worked as a lifeguard.
He warned her, however, that if she breached her suspended sentence or did not carry the work, then no lifeguard could save her from prison.
Eccleston, of York Road, Connah’s Quay, received a two-month jail term, suspended for a year. She was ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid work and pay £400 costs.
The court heard two others had been jailed for the same incident last November.
Prosecutor Paulinus Barnes said another woman stole a young man’s mobile phone at the Llys Emlyn Williams Hostel in Holywell.
Eccleston had asked him to watch a film while another woman stole the phone.
He made a complaint to the police, the second woman was arrested and interviewed and Eccleston then approached him and asked him to drop the charges.
He was told he would be beaten up if he did not - and agreed. But the Eccleston, the woman charged with theft and another man entered his room, refused to let him go, and more threats were made.
John Philpotts, defending, said it was a serious offence but Eccleston had clearly acted under the influence of others.