Elite armed officer says ex "threatened to ruin career in year-long stalking campaign"

An elite firearm officer claims his ex-girlfriend of the police threatened to ruin his career as part of a one-year stalking campaign, a court heard.

Debra Mackrell, 43, is said to have harassed Paul Brewster after their relationship ended in October 2016 and is accused of bombarding him with hundreds of unsolicited messages and making 1,600 anonymous calls.

Mr. Brewster, 53, told her trial at Inner London Crown Court that the last straw was when she sent him a text saying that she was "destroying his pension," which caused the "color to go out." drained his face ".

He added that the paranoia and panic that resulted from their campaign "messed up" him and he had to ask for a break for the first time in his service.

The jury was told that Milton Keynes' Mackrell had accused Mr. Brewster of having an affair with colleague Jenny Devine at Hackney Borough's police station before switching her fixation to Genevieve Pereira, a detective.

She is also accused of following him home from work, sending him unwanted posts, and even threatening to derail his career by telling superiors that he was mentally incapable of firing a gun wear.

Mr. Brewster pictured told a court that she had threatened to "destroy his pension" and left him paranoid in his own home

Debra Mackrell, 43, pictured, is accused of persecuting and molesting ex-boyfriend and fellow police officer Paul Brewster after she was convinced that he was having an affair before they split up in 2016. Mr. Brewster told a court she was threatening to destroy his pension & # 39; and made him feel paranoid in his own home

Even after the alleged stalking stopped, Mr. Brewster again received vacation brochures from the company that the couple had once used for a vacation in Cyprus.

He suspiciously tracked the envelope that had been sent by registered mail and found that it had been sent by Mackrell, the court heard.

When he gave evidence, he said, “I tried to continue as best I can. I'm proud of my job, but I've really tried to keep my head above water so that no one else can see the stress and anxiety it has caused.

& # 39; It has had a massive impact on my stress level. Not sleeping properly. It messed me up a bit, honestly.

"The whole thing irritated me a little and for the first time in my job I had to ask for a break."

He told the jury that the experience had made him paranoid and checked every room in his house when he got home from work.

He added: “When I received and signed these brochures, I found that I had effectively given my address.

“I see my place of residence as a safe place. I get in there and close the door and feel totally safe.

“When I realized that I had compromised my address and had a pretty good idea of ​​where the brochures came from, I was extremely concerned.

I sat in the car in the dark for five minutes and looked around to make sure there was no one who shouldn't be there. Then when I went to my front door, I checked if it had been tampered with.

"When I was satisfied with it, I got involved. I'm embarrassed, but I would systematically clear out every room."

He added: “It was a mix of fear and excitement and watching too many specific programs on TV, but it would take me 10 minutes from my arrival to get out of my car and feel safe for weeks. To be honest, it didn't really stop there. & # 39;

Mackrell was arrested in June 2017 when Mr. Brewster reported the alleged harassment to a supervisor after a colleague saw the color run off his face when he said it was threatening to ruin his career.

He said: "I was on patrol with a colleague at work one morning and received a lot of text messages from Debra, just with the same stuff that had been going on for months, but what really panicked me to the point I realized a little too much that it was the threat.

A court heard that Mackrell believed Mr. Brewster had seen two colleagues at the Hackney police station pictured

"She said something like" I know you have worked really hard and have a good reputation for the past 21 years, but I will destroy you and draw your pension. "

"I was a passenger at the time and my colleague could see that my head was buried in my phone, but when this news got through, the color ran out of my face and he noticed that something was wrong and the police intervened."

The Crown Court in Inner London also heard Mackrell threatening to tell Mr. Brewster's superiors in the SO19 firearms section that he was "mentally incapable of handling a weapon" to kick him out.

David Povall, the indictment, claims that Mackrell's behavior shows "a certain degree of obsession."

He said, "She has followed her ex-partner over a period of months, harassed him by bombarding him with messages, making annoying phone calls, showing up at his place of work, and traveling home with him to eventually send him unwanted mail waited for the process for this case.

"One of the things that ended this relationship was that Paul Brewster found Debra Mackrell very possessive and very jealous. She accused him of having an affair with another officer, Jenny Devine."

The court heard that there was little contact after their separation until Mackrell started sending messages when Mr. Brewster stopped working in Hackney Borough and switched to the SO19 weapons team.

Mr. Povall said: “She suggested that he now have a relationship with the female custodian who worked for Hackney Borough under the name Genevieve Pereira.

& # 39; He said he wasn’t, but she didn’t believe him and over a period of months until June 2016 there was an exchange of text between them – not every day, but consistently and regularly – during which she refused to accept that he was not in a relationship with her in which she abused him and suggested that this be an affront to her and in which she abused Genevieve Pereira. & # 39;

She was accused of making threats to ruin Mr. Brewster's career as a firearm officer.

The pictured Crown Court in Inner London heard that Mackrell had threatened to tell Mr. Brewster's superiors that he was "mentally unable" to use a weapon

The pictured Crown Court in Inner London heard that Mackrell had threatened to tell Mr. Brewster's superiors that he was "mentally unable" to use a weapon

Mr. Povall continued: “He sometimes received dozens or hundreds of calls in a day. He occasionally left work and found that she was waiting for him there, or she followed him and joined him when he went home – it was something that annoyed him.

"The messages to him escalated to threats that she would take action to damage his career and to the Professional Standards Directorate, indicating that he was not mentally fit to carry firearms."

Mr. Povall showed the jury sample text message pages on which Mackrell continually contacted Mr. Brewster over a 12 hour period – even further when he asked them not to.

Only after her arrest on October 6, 2017 did the extent of her communication become clear.

The court heard two of her phones seized and showed that, in addition to the 1,600 phone calls, she sometimes sent him hundreds of texts every day.

While waiting for the trial, she was arrested again after a brochure from a vacation rental company that they used as a couple was sent to Mr. Brewster's house and traced back to her.

Mr. Povall said: "In March 2019, when there was no further contact and the calls ended, he received an envelope – a large A4 envelope, and when he opened it, he found that it contained a brochure that was written by a holiday company for traditional holidays in Cyprus.

“He wasn't on their mailing list, but it was a vacation company he used with Debra Mackrell when they were in a relationship. We were asked where it came from because it was signed for the Royal Mail Service. & # 39;

Mackrell showed the video surveillance of a post office from which the letter was sent with the envelope.

Mr. Povall added: "We suggest that the clear intention was to raise another flag to say:" I am still here. "

The process continues.