'Blinged' electronic tag prosecution is defended
THE company that prosecuted a 22-year-old Tamworth woman for decorating her electronic tag with fake diamonds have stood by their decision to take her to court.
Serco Home Affairs said they welcomed magistrates' orders for Rebecca Gallanagh, of Lintly, Stonydelph, to pay £140 in costs and fines.
Prosecutors from the company had argued that she had "compromised the integrity" of the equipment by sticking dozens of diamonte diamonds onto the tag's strap with nail glue.
And in a statement to the Herald, Dave Weston, Serco's general manager for electronic monitoring, said the item "wasn't a fashion accessory".
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He said: "When an electronic monitoring device is fitted to an offender it is made clear to them that they must not interfere or tamper with the device in any way.
"The tag is not a fashion accessory and using glue and [diamonds] to decorate it can interfere with its performance.
"We welcome the court's decision in this case."
The news story, which first appeared on the front page of the Tamworth Herald this morning, has since appeared in the national media.
Rebecca, a bar assistant at Strykers Bowl, hit out at the justice system for wasting time and money on her case.
She also claimed that a staff member from Serco had told her she could decorate the item.
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