Pub boss punched in face by Navy woman
A FEMALE naval aircraft engineer who carried out an unprovoked attack on a pub manager and a colleague from RNAS Yeovilton could face severe repercussions for her career after appearing in court.
Jessica Riley-Siggins was extremely drunk when she punched the assistant manager in the face several times after she had tried to eject her from the Bull Inn at Ilchester due to her behaviour.
Minutes later she assaulted a servicewoman by pulling her hair and then punched and kicked her.
The 22-year-old defendant, of Hood Road, Yeovil, who has been serving in the navy since the age of 16, was upset when she appeared in the dock before South Somerset and Mendip Magistrates.
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She pleaded guilty to assaulting Katie-Jo Profitt by beating and also to assaulting Anna Mumford by beating on December 17.
The court was also told that the convictions could have a detrimental effect on the defendant's career, especially as she was in line for promotion to petty officer status.
Prosecutor Gordon Richings said that Riley-Siggins went to the Bull Inn where she had some drinks with her fiancé but later on the couple started to argue and she became aggressive.
"The assistant manager, Miss Profit reacted to the defendant's behaviour and intervened but Riley-Siggins punched her in the jaw with force causing pain and when she was removed into the porch area she punched her again in the eye," he said.
"Ten minutes later while she was still outside the pub there was another incident involving Miss Mumford who was also an aircraft engineer and she was also assaulted.
"Riley-Siggins caught hold of her hair pulling it hard and punched her on the cheek and then kicked her.
"Miss Mumford told her she was uniformed naval personnel but there was no positive response and the police were informed."
Defending solicitor Michaela Rose said her client had very little recollection of what happened and was extremely remorseful.
"Clearly something happened earlier on in the pub with her fiancé where they were drinking after attending a work's party at the camp," she explained. "While at the pub they were progressively getting more and more intoxicated and were having a good time but she does now know what happened.
"She did not know who the naval victim was and to say she is mortified to be in court is an understatement.
"She is extremely sorry for her behaviour and wants to apologise to everyone involved and this will now have an effect upon her career."
The magistrates fined Riley-Siggins £740 and ordered her to pay £100 compensation to each of the victims. Costs of £85 and a £74 victim surcharge were also imposed.