Court hears woman told police officer to ‘speak English’

Ballymena Court

A woman who was arrested after being disorderly at Antrim Area Hospital while clutching a pair of scissors then kicked her footwear at a police officer and told him to “speak English”.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court the case was “aggravated by hostility”.

Charlotte Pond (29), of Queen Street in Ballymena, was at court for sentencing on two charges of assaulting police and one charge of being disorderly at the hospital on June 7 last year.

The prosecutor said the defendant waved a pair of scissors, which belonged to the hospital, towards a doctor and told the medic they would not stop her from leaving.

Pond then tried to kick a security guard outside the Emergency Department before later moving aggressively towards a doctor and trying to punch a police officer.

Defence solicitor John McAtamney said the incidents happened at a time when the defendant’s life was “falling apart”.

He said she had been homeless and being unable to cope she had “lashed out” at those at the hospital and the police station and now regretted her actions which were “out of character”.

District Judge Nigel Broderick said normally such offences aggravated by hostility would result in immediate jail but he said a Probation report assessed the defendant as a low likelihood of re offending and she was described as “vulnerable”.

The defendant was put on Probation for a year.

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