Woman who ‘grabbed’ police officer’s face mask is fined for assault

A WOMAN who pushed a police officer and “grabbed at his face mask” has been fined £150 for assault.

Heather McKeown (56), of Meadowlands, Antrim, pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer on June 7 this year.

A defence barrister said the defendant was in his solicitor’s office and was “having a few breathing complaints”.

A prosecutor said at 7.25am on June 7 police were tasked to a “domestic incident” where the defendant was uncooperative and refused to provide her details to police.

She was slurring her words, unsteady on her feet and smelt of intoxicating liquor and after she tried to get back into the living room of a house she was advised she was not allowed to enter.

The prosecutor said the defendant “became violent” and pushed a constable and “grabbed at his face mask” and was restrained and put in a police cell van.

The defence barrister said the defendant was an alcoholic with eleven convictions for assaults on police who had spent time in a rehab centre.

He said she had pleaded guilty and was aware the offence happened “during Covid-19” and how serious such interventions with police are at this time.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said the defendant had a poor record and she was clearly intoxicated on the date in question but after reading the officer’s statement he noted that whilst there was physical contact he didn’t get the impression “it was of a serious nature”.

The defendant was fined £150.

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