Woman accused of spitting on cheek of shop employee is remanded in custody at Ballymena Court

A WOMAN who is accused of spitting on the cheek of a shop employee has been remanded into custody at Ballymena Magistrates Court.

Louise Browne (31), of High Street in Ballymena, is charged in relation to April 27.

She is charged with assault, assault on police, resisting police and disorderly behaviour.

A prosecutor said that later in the day following the alleged spitting incident the defendant was accused of causing a door to hit a police officer.

She then struggled when police tried to put on handcuffs and shouted and screamed.

The court heard Browne was taken to hospital after saying she had “overdosed” on prescription medication.

When interviewed she said she only spat on a window at the shop after a door was closed.

She denied the other offences.

Defence barrister Ben Thompson said the defendant had “lapsed” in terms of her “addiction”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said he was “disappointed” to see the defendant back before the court.

He said judges had given her “every opportunity to address her addiction”.

He was concerned that if released she would re-offend.

Browne was remanded in custody to May 13.

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