A MUM who took part in a hoax call to police will serve her punishment in the community.
Kristina Rush was part of a group of callous tricksters who pretended to be a teenage sex assault victim and her mother during a prank call to police.
Sunderland Magistrates’ Court heard how a hoax call was made to the police control room at about 1.45pm, on May 15 last year.
The caller claimed to be a 13-year-old girl who said she had been sexually assaulted.
The phone was then passed to her “mother”, who said she did not want to be involved and hung up.
Prosecutor Paul Doney said numerous police resources were used to track down the people who had made the call.
Officers then arrested three women, including Rush, 27, who admitted her part in the hoax, which was carried out from a flat in Red House, Sunderland.
Mr Doney said: “She said she was passed the phone by someone who said the police were on the line.
“She said she spoke to the operator and said something along the lines of ‘I want to report an assault. My friend is being abused’.
“She said the call was meant to be a joke and everyone did have a laugh about it.”
Rush, of Cavell Road, Hylton Castle, pleaded guilty to an offence under the Malicious Communications Act.
Magistrates imposed a six-month community order and told Rush she must pay £75 towards court costs.
She must also hand over £27 to Northumbria Police, after admitting damaging a personal protection unit when she was told her ex-partner would not face charges after an alleged assault.
The case against a third woman was discontinued.