Ukrainian pole dancer ‘scared’ of being separated from her son while being dragged off bus
A Ukrainian pole dancer accused of assaulting a policewoman while being dragged off a bus said in court yesterday that her actions were due to her fear that she would be separated from her son.
Polina Gutshabes boarded a bus to St Paul’s Bay with her son from Sliema on 9 August, 2015, a court heard yesterday.
The driver asked the woman to close her pushchair in order to create more space, but the woman refused, saying her son was asleep inside. The driver allegedly told her to get off and did not want to pay her back her fare.
The woman allegedly insulted the driver, who then walked off the bus to a nearby police station. Two officers went to the bus and asked the woman to step down, but she refused. The Court heard that she was then forcefully removed.
She stands charged with resisting arrest and assaulting the police, disobeying orders, threatening them and disturbing the peace.
Inspector Elton Taliana, during cross examination, asked whether she kicked one of the police officers in the chest, to which she said that she did not know, and was trying to save her son. She later said that it was possible. She also did not remember whether she told one officer that she would kill her. She did, however, admit she called the police officer a bitch.
The case continues.