Woman spared jail after trying to bite one cop and spitting at an another in 'vile and spiteful' attacks

A former heroin addict has been spared jail for a spit and attempted bite attack on police branded as “vile and spiteful” by a judge.

Friday, 16th October 2020, 7:00 am

Natalie Corrin, 42, assaulted two officers in Arnold Street, Boldon Colliery, on Monday, July 27.

South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court heard the incident involved her spitting at the height of the coronavirus pandemic.

Corrin, of Arnold Street, also tried but failed to get her teeth into a PC during the attack.

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Deputy District Judge Nicholas Hayles described the offences as ‘vile and spiteful’ and added that the offences were ‘contrary to what was happening in the world around us’.

The judge jailed her for six months – but suspended the sentence for two years, allowing her to walk free from court.

He also ordered her to pay each officer £50 compensation and for her to complete rehabilitation work with the Probation Service.

Judge Hayles told her: “It’s an immediate custodial sentence. However, your early guilty plea and domestic circumstances persuade me that I can suspend that for a period.

“What you did towards those police officers was vile and runs contrary to what was happening in the world around us. It was vile and spiteful.”

He also warned Corrin she would be jailed if she committed another crime before the expiry of the suspended sentence or failed to work with the Probation Service.

John Williams, defending, said Corrin was a former heroin addict who was now drug free.

He said: “She clearly needs help. I think there are positive signs that would support suspending the sentence.”

Corrin, of Arnold Street, Boldon Collier, pleaded guilty to two charges of common assault against an emergency worker.

She was given three months in jail for each offence, to run consecutively, and she must pay court costs of £85.

Corrin must also complete 19 sessions of the Thinking Skills programme, operated by the Ministry of Justice to help offenders become crime-free.

Its group sessions aim to help offenders manage issues in their life that lead to criminality and to learn the benefits of living crime-free.

The programme’s three modules are around self-control, problem solving and positive relationships.

There was no victim surcharge.

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