A WOMAN who shouted racist abuse and spat at a black police officer has been jailed for two months.
Susan Phillips, of Whickham Road, Hebburn, had been involved in an earlier incident with Pc Charlie Peace when she saw him and other officers on patrol in the street.
South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard yesterday that the 33-year-old had pleaded guilty to racially aggravated assault and using racially aggravated threatening language at a hearing earlier this month.
After considering a report from the probation service, magistrates jailed her for 12 weeks, reduced to eight because of her guilty plea to the assault charge.
She was also jailed for seven days – to run alongside the rest of her sentence – for using racist language.
Claire Ward, prosecuting, said: “The officers were in her street for an unrelated matter. There were a number of officers there and she started to shout at Pc Peace.
“He knows her from a previous court case, and told her to leave.
“He pushed her away and she shouted at him again, and called him racist names.”
She added: “She was arrested for being drunk and disorderly at that stage. She then spat twice in his face, before kicking his shins.”
Ian Cruickshank, defending, said: “This young woman had no difficulty with the police until she was convicted of a public order offence some years ago.
“She thinks false evidence was given against her, and has since had a distrust of Northumbria Police.
“On this occasion, she says she didn’t intend her words to be racist, she used the word ‘black’ in reference to the uniform.
“But she accepts it might have been taken as racist.”
South Tyneside acting Superintendent Michael Barton said: “Racist behaviour in any form will not be tolerated by Northumbria Police.
“We take these incidents very seriously and ensure appropriate action is taken against offenders.
“It is also unacceptable for any officer to be abused in this way while performing their duties, and we will continue to look to the courts to deal effectively with anyone convicted of such an offence.”