Drunken woman who punched and spat at police gets suspended sentence

DRUNKEN ATTACK ... Kirstine Amer.
DRUNKEN ATTACK ... Kirstine Amer.

A DRUNKEN yob punched a police officer and spat at another before kicking a detention officer during an ‘utterly unacceptable’ attack.

Kirstine Amer carried out the attacks after being arrested on suspicion of another assault on her mother.

The 28-year-old was spared jail at South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court in order to allow her to tackle her drinking problem – but warned she will go straight to jail if she offends again.

Amer, of Revesby Street, South Shields, was handed a four month jail sentence – suspended for 12 months – and ordered to pay compensation of £25 for each of the three assaults.

She must also complete 12 months’ community supervision with the probation service, including a nine-month alcohol rehabilitation requirement.

Sarah Guest, prosecuting, said: “At 10.50pm on Saturday, March 29, police attended High Street in Jarrow. Kirstine Amer was arrested on suspicion of assault. Her mother indicated there had been an assault on her.

“Miss Amer was arrested. She was extremely drunk and was handcuffed and placed in a police vehicle.

“She was sat in the vehicle next to a police constable when she punched her in the face with the cuffs and grabbed her hair.

“The vehicle was stopped and assistance was asked for. She was restrained by six officers.”

The police officer punched in the face suffered bruising and swelling above her left eye.

When taken to South Shields Police Station, Amer spat in the face of another officer.

A detention officer then offered Amer a drink of water as attempts were made to calm her down.

Mrs Guest added: “She kicked her in the leg, causing a searing pain and immediate bruising.”

Christopher Brown, defending, said: “I urge you to consider her immediate guilty plea.

“The circumstances of her arrest are that a number of officers were involved and a hurtful allegation of assault against her mother had been made.

“I would urge you to suspend custody or keep it as short as possible.

“She does not seek to challenge what has been said by the officers, although she lacks an entire recollection of what happened.”

District Judge Helen Cousins said: “This clearly passes the custody threshold.

“Assaulting police officers and a detention officer who are just trying to their job, protecting the public from behaviour such as yours, is unacceptable.

“I will impose custody since that will reflect the seriousness of the offences.”

But District Judge Cousins agreed to suspend the jail term to allow her to tackle her drink problems, which she felt were at the root of her offending.

She added: “I will suspend the prison sentence, but make no mistake, there is a prison sentence hanging over your head.

“Your behaviour was utterly unacceptable.”

Amer was given a four-month prison sentence for each assault, to run concurrently and suspended for 12 months.

She was ordered to pay £25 compensation to each of the victims.

No additional costs were ordered as Amer already owes more than £2,000 in costs and fines to the court.

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