A HUDDERSFIELD man made a death threat to policewomen in a court room.
Jamal Simpson's bullying and lying were exposed at Hull Crown Court, where he has been warned of a custody sentence for threatening to kill the police officers.
The 20-year-old thug threatened to kill the two female officers in a court room while waiting for his own jury verdict at a trial.
Hull Crown Court heard that he told Huddersfield detectives: “You two bitches are dead” and he put his finger across his throat in a slashing motion.
He had earlier told one detective: “I can say what I want, where I want. I will sort this, on the streets of Huddersfield.”
It took a jury at Hull Crown Court less than two hours to unanimously convict Simpson of two charges of threatening to take revenge on Huddersfield detective Dc Carla Tiffany and threatening to take revenge on Pc Emma Holmes.
The offences were during his trial for assault at Bradford Crown Court on November 29, 2006.
In that case he walked free after the complainant could not identify him.
But Simpson was immediately arrested at court and charged with the revenge threats.
Dc Tiffany told the Hull jury during a two-day trial that she was threatened in the assault trial after the jury was sent out to consider its verdict and she was sat in the public gallery.
She said: “He was allowed to leave the dock. As he walked past he looked directly at me and Pc Holmes and said: ‘You two bitches are dead’. He made a gesture cutting his throat as he walked through the internal doors.
“I was shocked that he had made the remark in a court room. As police officers we are threatened quite frequently. If someone is prepared to say that in court you wonder what they are capable of.”
Pc Emma Holmes, based at Huddersfield police station, said she had to give Simpson a section five warning under the public order act for calling her “a bitch” at a previous Bradford Crown Court appearance.
Pc Holmes confirmed she too was told she would be dead a month later.
She said: “I was scared when he said it. We have had to take precautionary measures since the incident.”
Simpson, who is in work and lives with his mother and sister in Oakenbank Crescent, Lowerhouses, has a string of convictions for violence.
The court heard these included an assault on a police officer and two common assaults in April 2005.
Despite being given a chance he breached the community order several times and was found in possession of a knife and prosecuted at Huddersfield Magistrates’ Court in January 2006, but was not jailed.
He was found not guilty of violence at Bradford Crown Court last November.
Simpson claimed the detectives had made the threats up and through his counsel accused them of lying.
Recorder Henry Prosser ordered Simpson to stand as he said the revenge threats were serious offences, but he needed a background probation report before sentence.
He said: “The fact that I have adjourned sentence for the preparation of a report and the fact that I am granting you bail, should not be interpreted in any other way than you will receive anything other than an immediate custodial sentence for these offences”.
The sentence hearing is scheduled for the week commencing January 15.