December 13 2013 Latest news:
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Magistrates have spared a Norwich woman a prison sentence and given her a chance of “a new beginning”.
Michelle Coombes, of Westwick Street, appeared at Norwich Magistrates Court yesterday to be sentenced for two offences she had previously admitted committing.
The 45-year-old was charged with a public disorder offence and with assaulting a police constable, after police were called to a disturbance in Globe Close, Norwich, on Wednesday, June 19.
Gwen Wallace, prosecuting, said a group of people had gathered outside the flat, including a number of children, as Coombes was “screaming”.
Debbie Reynolds, in mitigation, explained Coombes had alcohol problems and was “upset” after breaking up with her partner. Coombes also spat on the chest of a police constable and continued to be disruptive in public as she was detained.
Ms Reynolds said: “She sees today as the closure of that chapter of her life with that man and with the alcohol problems in her life.”
Magistrates handed Coombes a 12-month probation supervision order and ordered her to attend an alcohol treatment and women’s emotional wellbeing course.
Chairman of the sitting magistrates bench, Mike Flynn, said: “Hopefully this can be a new beginning for you and the message from the bench is it is up to you.”
The offences had seen Coombes in breach of a two-year conditional discharge handed to her in July 2012 for similar offences, but the magistrates decided to let the order continue to run.