A mother of three who kicked police during a struggle, made a racist remark and had to be restrained using Pava spray has been handed a suspended sentence.
Caley Brown pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and disorderly behaviour on licensed premises after the incident at the Commercial pub in Ramsey.
High Bailiff Jayne Hughes sentenced the 30-year-old to 20 weeks’ custody, suspended for two years and also ordered her to pay £500 compensation to the officer she kicked.
Mrs Hughes said that she had considered the article eight human rights regarding Brown’s children, for whom she was said to be the sole carer, when sparing her custody.
But the High Bailiff warned Brown: ’You won’t be able to use your children as a reason in future if you commit further similar offences.’
Brown was also banned from entering licensed premises and buying or being sold alcohol for six months, and made the subject of a two-year suspended sentence supervision order (SSSO).
We previously reported that police were called to the pub in Ramsey on July 4 at 9.30pm following reports of a couple having a row.
Brown was said to have been rowing with her partner and at one point had held him up against the wall in the female toilets in what was described as a ’heated argument’.
Despite being asked to leave, she refused to do so and police officers engaged with Brown in order to forcibly remove her from the pub.
As they were removing her, she resisted and was put onto the floor where she began kicking out, striking an officer in the stomach.
The police used PAVA spray on her but Brown continued to kick out and kicked the arresting officer in the head, she also at one point caught the officer in the shin.
During the struggle, Brown, who lives in the Bretney, Jurby, was said to have used insulting language about the officers arresting her, shouting, swearing and telling one officer I will ’kick your head in’ and used a racist insult.
Defence advocate Paul Glover asked for credit to be given for his client’s guilty pleas and the fact that she had no previous convictions.
Mr Glover referred to a probation report which said that Brown had said she had no recollection of the incident due to her high level of intoxication.
He said: ’She accepts she does have an unhealthy relationship with alcohol but she is highly motivated to address her alcohol issues. She has reduced her drinking and hasn’t been out since the incident.’
Mr Glover went on to ask that his client be given the opportunity to engage with probation services and said that she was the sole carer for her three children.
High Bailiff Mrs Hughes told Brown: ’Your behaviour was disgraceful. This court says time and time again anyone assaulting a police officer can expect custody to follow.’
However, the High Bailiff said that as well as considering the article eight human rights she had taken into account the early guilty pleas, remorse and lack of previous convictions.
Brown was also ordered to pay £125 prosecution costs which she will pay, along with the compensation, at a rate of £10 per week deducted from benefits.