Drunk woman attacked neighbour with windscreen wiper

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A DRUNK woman attacked a neighbour with a windscreen wiper she had snapped off his car.

Emma Peel cut the man’s hand after he came out of his home in Pollard Street, South Shields, to see what she was doing.

The 43-year-old then launched herself at police who arrived to arrest her.

Peel, of Selbourne Street, South Shields, admitted criminal damage, assault and resisting arrest at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court.

She told police she was trying to get some cat food out of the boot of the man’s Honda Jazz when she snapped the windscreen wiper –causing £160 of damage.

Keith Laidlaw, prosecuting, said Peel was living in Pollard Street at the time of the incident and was seen by residents in the street pulling at the car boot.

He said: “She then snapped the back windscreen wiper off.

“The owner of the car was alerted to what was happening by neighbours and came out of his house.

“She had the wiper in her hand and, with a clenched fist, she started swinging at him.

“He managed to push her away but she kept on coming at him and ended up scratching his hand, between his thumb and forefinger.”

The court heard that when the police arrived, Peel pushed past them and when they tried to grab her she threw herself towards the officers.

Mr Laidlaw added: “She swung punches at them before they managed to take her to the ground, but she continued to kick out and struggle.

“When they arrested her, she said she was trying to get into the boot of the car to get some cat food that was inside.”

Val Bell, defending, said: “She was highly intoxicated at the time, and has been battling alcoholism for many years.

“She is at a loss to understand what happened that day and what it did. She could do with some support.

“This is a lady with a tragic background.

“She has had trouble with her mental health, after having her thumb shot off trying to protect her husband, who was being shot at some years ago.”

Magistrates gave Peel a 12-month community order with supervision, and ordered her to pay £160 compensation to the owner of the car and £45 court costs.

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