Grieving mother admits assaulting police officer at take-away in King’s Lynn

Cassie Turton passed away on Valentine's Day. Here Miss Turton is pictured with her mother Sandra Hammond-Grant. Cassie Turton passed away on Valentine's Day. Here Miss Turton is pictured with her mother Sandra Hammond-Grant.

Thursday, May 8, 2014
9:34 AM

A bereaved mother assaulted a police officer while out celebrating the life of her daughter who died last Valentine’s Day.

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Sandra Hammond-Grant, 51, of Tyrell Crescent, King’s Lynn, was out with family and friends on the evening of February 19, which would have been her daughter’s birthday, when a fight broke out in Flames Kebab House.

The court was told that Mrs Hammond-Grant was affected by alcohol after not eating for two days after daughter Cassandra Turton, died at the age of 26 from an overdose of her prescribed medication.

Giles Beaumont, prosecuting, said: “A fight broke out where there were a number of people in Flames takeaway. Mrs Hammond-Grant punched PC Mickleburgh on the left cheek.

“However she said that she initially didn’t realise that the person she assaulted was an officer.”

In mitigation, George Sorrell said that Mrs Hammond-Grant did not usually drink due to a string of health problems, and did not realise how strong the effect would be on her, coupled with the fact that she had just lost her daughter.

He said: “She is very remorseful and has said how sorry she is.”

Mrs Hammond-Grant was given a two-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £150 compensation to PC Mickleburgh and £85 costs.

Family friend Andrew McKeogh, 28, of Hillington Square pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and was given a one-year conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs.

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