Mum who bit a teacher banned from Horfield school
A DRUNK mum who bit a teacher while collecting her children from an after-school club has been given a restraining order, banning her from school grounds.
A court heard teacher Matthew Cox went to hospital and was given precautionary tetanus and hepatitis B jabs after the attack by Kelly Kociela at Filton Avenue Junior and Infant School in Horfield last October.
The court had heard 32-year-old was "distressed and slurring", after drinking lager and rum, when she arrived at the school premises in Lockleaze Road on October 24.
Kociela, of Ludlow Road, Horfield, pleaded guilty to a charge of causing a nuisance on school premises, assault and using threatening words and behaviour on a previous occasion.
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Mary Aquilina, prosecuting, said Kociela turned up at the school demanding to see her two children, who were at an after-school club.
"She was aggravated and aggressive saying her children had been taken from her," Ms Aquilina said.
"The head teacher Rachel Thomas was concerned about the safety of her staff and the children at her school."
Kociela then went to the after- school club telling Mrs Thomas if she didn't give her her children she would "batter" her, Ms Aquilina said. On her arrival at the after school club doors her entrance was barred by teacher Matthew Cox who put his arm across the door.
"She tried to push past him, then bit him through his clothing on his right arm," Ms Aquilina said. "He attended Southmead Hospital where he was given tetanus and hepatitis B jabs."
Kociela was arrested and taken to Southmead police station where she told officers she had drunk three or four pints of Stella and four rum and cokes before rowing with her partner and deciding to collect her children.
She told police she could not remember being at the school, normally got on with Ms Thomas and could not remember biting Mr Cox.
The court heard on a previous occasion that Kociela had previous convictions for being drunk in charge of a child in 2005, 2006, 2007 and earlier this year.
Liz Highams, defending, said her client immediately rang the school after the incident to apologise for her behaviour but was currently banned from going on the premises.
The court heard that Kociela had stopped drinking and was "mortified" by her behaviour that day.
Miss Highams said the reporting of the matter in the press had caused her and her children a great deal of stress describing it as "more than damaging".
Magistrates handed Kociela a two- year community order. She was ordered to pay £100 compensation to Mr Cox, £85 costs and a £60 victim surcharge. Kociela may only go to the school if invited, but can collect her children from the school gates.