Shepton woman assaulted police after breaking into ex's house at 2am
A SHEPTON Mallet woman who broke into her former partner’s home following an argument, panicked when arrested by the police and lashed out, assaulting a female officer.
Kate Owen had been drinking heavily when she went to her ex’s home at 2am and woke him by ringing the doorbell.
When he refused to let her in she kicked in the door frame and was then arrested and taken to the police station.
When told a medical examination was going to be carried out she became agitated and lashed out at the police constable striking her on the head, shoulders and back, Somerset Magistrates were told.
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When the 33-year-old defendant, of Queens Road, appeared before the court at Yeovil her solicitor John Killah said she simply went into panic mode and found it deeply humiliating to be standing in the dock.
Owen pleaded guilty to assaulting a police constable in the execution of her duty on August 31 and also damaging a wooden door frame worth £120 belonging to Darius Rolls on the same date.
Christine Hart, prosecuting, said that Owen was in an on-off relationship with Mr Rolls and on the day in question he was woken at 2am by her constantly ringing his doorbell and asking to be let in
He told her to go away and she threatened to break the door down and the next things he heard was the sound of a door frame splitting and the lock breaking.
“When he saw the door panel was missing he called the police who arrested Owen and at the police station while waiting to be examined she became agitated and asked to use the toilet,” she said.
“She was told to keep the door open and when the officer stood in the doorway with her back to the defendant Owen began lashing out and struck her head, shoulders and back.
“She was restrained and taken to a cell and when interviewed she said she had been upset and became panicky and had not realised she damaged her partner’s door.”
Mr Killah said that Owen could not remember kicking the door but took full responsibility for what happened.
“She admits she was flailing her arms around at the police station but never intended to hurt anyone at all and just acted recklessly,” he said.
“She has been chastened by this whole experience and it has been a real wake-up call for her and she is really sorry.”
The magistrates imposed a 12 month conditional discharge on Owen and ordered her to pay £100 compensation to Mr Rolls and £100 to the police officer along with a £15 victim surcharge.