Drunk woman kicked police officer in groin
A DRUNKEN woman who kicked a pharmacist and police officer between the legs has been handed a suspended jail term.
Tania Ewings, 41, lost her temper at the Hartcliffe Health Centre in Hareclive Road, Bristol Crown Court heard.
After staff tried to calm her down she kicked pharmacist Nick Trollope and chased centre manager Patricia Mayo, saying she was going to kill her.
After a terrified Ms Mayo locked herself in a secure room, Ewings kicked a police officer between the legs after he arrived to remove her from the premises.
Ewings appeared at Bristol Crown Court after admitting charges of assaulting a police officer, assault, and threatening behaviour at the city's magistrates' court.
Ewings, of Broad Oak Road, Withywood, had her sentence suspended for three months by Judge Martin Picton, who wanted to see if she could stay out of trouble and stay sober.
She returned to court yesterday having fulfilled all her obligations.
The judge handed her a two-month prison term, suspended for a year, with a two-month curfew in which she must stay indoors from 8pm to 5am.
He told her: "You committed some really serious offences whilst you were subject to a suspended sentence.
"You are battling with a problem but you are making progress.
"You kept your side of it, I'll keep mine.
"You'll only get this chance once."
Earlier Nadeem Aullybocus told the court that when Ewings had attended the health centre she was drunk.
Mr Aullybocus said: "She started being abusive and staff noticed her being aggressive towards a patient.
"The pharmacist Mr Trollope came to help and was telling her to calm down. He tried to leave with her but she kicked him in the groin area, making contact with his testicles.
"The manager then came out and calmed her down but then she went off again and chased the manager, saying she was going to kill her.
"She locked herself in a secure room. It was clear to her if she came out she would be assaulted."
Mr Aullybocus said police officer PC Joe Parhbga attended and Ewings "lashed out" at him, kicking him in the testicles as well.
Ewings had previous convictions for violence and threatening behaviour, the court was told.
Daniel Woodman, defending, said Ewings had suffered since the breakdown of a long-term relationship.
He said it had led to the use of drugs and when this incident happened she was at a "low ebb in her life" and on a drug and alcohol binge.
Mr Woodman said the "flash point" occurred because she had been told she would see a doctor on her arrival but that had not happened and she was panicking about her health.
The court heard she was now clean of drink and drugs.