"Jealous" Policewoman, 43, "Persecuted Her Police Ex"

"Jealous" policewoman, 43, "chased her ex-cop, bombarded him with thousands of texts and calls, and threatened to throw him off the elite firearms unit."

  • Debra Mackrell, 43, is said to have persecuted and molested ex-boyfriend Paul Brewster
  • Court heard that she had sent him thousands of texts and made 1,600 anonymous calls.
  • The jury was informed that she was convinced that he had done business with two colleagues
  • She is also accused of attempting to release him from the police firearms unit

Debra Mackrell, 43, pictured, is accused of persecuting and molesting ex-boyfriend and colleague Paul Brewster after she was convinced that he had an affair before they split up in 2016

A police officer is accused of "chasing" her ex-boyfriend and "bombarding" him with thousands of calls and texts and "derailing his career as a firearm officer" after "being convinced he cheated on her with a colleague".

43-year-old Debra Mackrell reportedly made 1,600 anonymous calls to Paul Brewster after she split up in 2016, along with thousands of texts that continued even after he asked her to stop.

The Crown Court in Inner London also heard that she was threatening to tell his superiors in the SO19 firearms department that he was "mentally unable to use a gun" to kick him out.

She was also arrested while waiting for the trial after allegedly sending Mr. Brewster an unwanted brochure for the vacation in Cyprus to remind him that she was still there.

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.

David Povall, the indictment, claims that their 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.

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."

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

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.