Woman punched police officer in face while swigging rum
- Credit: Archant
A woman punched a police officer in the face just three days after completing a sentence for violence against police.
Officers were called to a disturbance at Rye Close in Norwich at around 5.20pm on October 12, Norwich Magistrates Court heard.
They found a man and a woman, both with minor injuries to their heads.
Joanne Utting, 47, was abusive towards the officers, said prosecutor Robyn Khan.
"She went into the kitchen and was drinking a bottle of rum," she told the court. "She was told to get dressed and when she reappeared in the living room she was asked to sit down.
You may also want to watch:
"She punched one officer in the face and was restrained on the floor. She continue to struggle and PAVA spray was deployed."
Ms Khan told the court Utting had previous convictions for battery and assaulting police officers from 2018.
- 1 Tax inspectors probe 240 furlough fraud cases in Norfolk and Suffolk
- 2 Norfolk campsite voted third best in UK
- 3 Driver in hospital after BMW car ends up in ditch
- 4 'Very small' number of Indian Covid variant cases in Norfolk
- 5 9 pubs and restaurants which have had lockdown makeovers
- 6 Lorry driver admits causing deaths of two people in A47 crash
- 7 Hospital opens new £625,000 cancer wellbeing and support centre
- 8 Social distancing stops fish and chip shop's restaurant opening on May 17
- 9 Norfolk covid levels below national average but concerns raised about variants
- 10 Norfolk lorry drivers clocked for nearly 200 traffic offences in three days
A statement from one of the officers present said Utting had struck out "without warning".
Utting, of Shorncliffe Close, admitted assaulting an emergency worker by beating.
Ralph Gillam, for Utting, said she was remorseful and "has respect for emergency workers and recognises they do an important job".
"When she is in drink she has a problem with being violent," he said.
He added she had been in a 25-year relationship and had struggled since it ended. Her previous relationship had been with a heavy drinker who died in her front room, which she said was "very traumatic".
"She has formed a new relationship with a man who is also a heavy drinker and she is to some extent pulled into that drinking with him," said Mr Gillam.
The probation service told the court Utting's record on her previous community order had been "impeccable".
Magistrates adjourned the case for a report to be prepared, including the option of immediate custody.