Drunk woman jailed after spitting at police vehicle & attacking three officers (plus 9 more court cases)


Drunken Claire Wilson has been jailed after she assaulted three police officers.

The 46-year-old kicked out and scratched officers when they arrested her in Stafford on May 19. She also spat at a police vehicle but there was no suggestion she spat at any of the officers.

Now Wilson, of no fixed address, has been jailed for 14 weeks at North Staffordshire Justice Centre

Prosecutor Alicia Perry said: “Police attended St George’s Road, Stafford, to a report of a man being aggressive with paramedics. On arrival the defendant, the man’s partner, started shouting in the street.

“Police warned her about her behaviour. She started to pull her trousers down in the street. They went to arrest her. She was intoxicated.

“She was guided to the police vehicle. The defendant deliberately kicked out at the officer several times causing her pain and discomfort.

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“She spat on the car. A spit hood was put on her. It is not a case where she deliberately spat at an officer.

“She dug her nails into another officer’s skin and damaged his watch. He was worried about the possibility of infection.”

A third officer also suffered scratches.

Simon Dean, mitigating, said: “She does not feel she can go on with the relationship she is in. She is very apologetic and full of remorse.”

District Judge Timothy Boswell said: “You were behaving in a disorderly manner. The police sought to arrest you and when they did arrest you, you behaved appallingly.

“You kicked out and scratched the arms of two of the three police and you damaged the watch of one of the officers. You were also spitting while this was going on and they had to put a spit hood on you.

“There is no suggestion you spat at or on any police officers but it is an unpleasant aggravating feature, certainly during the current climate of Covid-19.

“The harm lies in the fear that was caused to them by your spitting and your scratches. They feared the possibility of infection. It is so serious only immediate custody is justified.”

Wilson was ordered to pay a £128 surcharge.

Police forced to PAVA spray man who resisted arrest

Twenty-eight-year-old Troy Yeomans has been handed a 12 month conditional discharge after he admitted obstructing a police officer in the execution of his duty.

North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard police were called to Jasper Street, Hanley, on May 19 and pulled up alongside the defendant.

Prosecutor Alicia Perry said: “The defendant started to stumble across the road. He became agitated and started to shout at the officer. He started to pull and push his arms around.

“As the officer drew handcuffs the defendant tried to pull his arms across so he could not handcuff him. The struggle continued. The defendant, at one point, clenched his fists. He was arrested after the officer used PAVA spray.”

Iain Haley, mitigating, said the defendant, of no fixed address, suffered trauma to the brain after a serious road accident and has mental health issues.

Mr Haley added: “He was approached by the officer and was told he was going to be searched. He did not believe he was treated fairly. He made the officer’s job more difficult than it needed to be.”

District Judge Timothy Boswell said: “You are under supervision for the next year which will deal with the issues you have.”

Stoke-on-Trent man accused of murdering gran will next appear in court in August

Wendy Morse, 71, was found dead in her Knypersley home

A 42-year-old man accused of murdering a North Staffordshire grandmother has had his case adjourned.

Kenneth McDermid – who has extradited from Sweden under a European Arrest Warrant – was not present at yesterday’s hearing at Stafford Crown Court.

He is alleged to have murdered 71-year-old Wendy Morse whose body was found at her home on Tunstall Road, Knypersley, in March. She had earlier been reported missing by concerned relatives.

McDermid, of Rosemary Place, Sneyd Green, has yet to enter a plea to the charge. He had appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre earlier this week.

The matter has now been adjourned for a plea and trial preparation hearing on August 3.

Fifty-two-year-old in court charged with 10 sex offences

Christopher Appleby, aged 52, of Leveson Road, Hanford, has appeared before a court charged with 10 sexual offences.

North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard Appleby is charged with six offences of rape; indecent assault of a girl under 16; gross indecency of a girl under 14; and sexual touching.

District Judge Kevin Grego sent the case to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court and Appleby will appear there on June 19. His unconditional bail was extended.

Man admits possessing axe in public

Fifty-four-year-old Paul Whitehouse, of Moffatt Way, Silverdale, pleaded guilty to possession of an axe in public on April 17.

District Judge Kevin Grego ordered a pre-sentence report and sent the case to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court. Whitehouse will appear there on a date to be arranged administratively.

His bail was extended.

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Teen denies causing GBH

Teenager Ethan Horten denied inflicting grievous bodily harm on a man in Newcastle on October 12.

The 18-year-old, of Bramfield Drive, Newcastle, had his case sent to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court and he will appear there on June 19.

His bail was extended.

Court appearance for Dovegate prisoner charged with burglary

Thirty-nine-year-old Lee Swift, of HMP Dovegate, who is charged with burglary on April 19 and going equipped with a screwdriver at Chell Heath on April 20, will appear at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on June 22.

He was remanded in custody.

Man denies inflicting ABH

Thirty-three-year-old Ashley Tabbenor, of Wyndham Road, Newstead, who denies assault occasioning actual bodily harm on April 6, will have a trial at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on August 6.

His bail was extended.

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Man charged with distraction burglary

Thomas Doherty, aged 54, of Linehouses Caravan Site, Goldenhill, has appeared before North Staffordshire Justice Centre charged with a distraction burglary at a house in Scotia Road, Burslem, on May 18.

He will appear at Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court on May 22 and was remanded in custody.

Man admits fraud

Richard Doherty, aged 42, of Linehouses Caravan Site, Goldenhill, pleaded guilty to fraud on May 18.

North Staffordshire Justice Centre heard he dishonestly made a false representation that he was tradesperson and took the victim to a cashpoint to get money.

District Judge Timothy Boswell sent the case to Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court. He remanded Doherty in custody and ordered a pre-sentence report.





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