Woman’s violent outburst
Byfleet: Suspended sentence is extended after abuse towards staff and customers and assault on officer
A DRUNKEN woman smashed a till screen at a Byfleet shop where staff refused to sell her alcohol and then swore, spat and kicked at a police officer, a court heard. Terri McConnachie’s crimes at the Co-op in Oyster Lane put her in breach of a suspended sentence she received for an offence of grievous bodily harm, but a judge opted not to activate this. The 22-year-old, of Heathside Road, Woking, was instead handed another suspended sentence when she appeared at Guildford Crown Court on Friday. Prosecutor Rachel Davies said McConnachie became angry when refused alcohol at the store on the evening of September 24 this year. “She was abusive towards staff and customers, and punched the till screen, causing £441 worth of damage and cutting her hand,” Ms Davies said. When a police officer arrested and cautioned McConnachie, she swore at him, warning him she would ‘bite your nose’ and ‘rip your face apart’. “While shouting abuse, she was raising her leg as if she was going to knee him in the groin and she jerked her head as if she was going to headbutt him,” Ms Davies said, adding that as the officer tried to detain her, she spat at him. “The first mouthful went on the left side of his face, the second onto his stab vest,” Ms Davies said. A third mouthful trickled onto the defendant and she continued to resist the officer’s attempts to restrain her, kicking out at him twice, the judge was told. McConnachie went to hospital for treatment to cuts on her knuckles. The court heard of her 10 previous convictions for 19 offences, many of them assaults committed while she was a teenager. She did not offend between 2007 and 2013, and her return to crime coincided with moving back in with her parents, barrister Brian Stork said. Her grievous bodily harm offence led to McConnachie receiving a nine-month sentence, suspended for 18 months, in May this year. Mr Stork said: “This defendant had a pretty difficult upbringing. Both her parents were heroin addicts. She became emotionally unstable and turned on occasions to alcohol and drugs.” The fact his client had stayed out of trouble for six years and held down a job showed she was someone ‘capable of doing the right thing’ in life, Mr Stork said, and he handed the judge complimentary letters from her employer and staff at the sheltered accommodation where she now lives. Mr Stork said alcohol was to blame for the incident in September. “She was extremely drunk, it’s something of which she has no memory,” he said. McConnachie had been in custody since a November 12 court appearance and Mr Stork said she had learnt her lesson. Judge Recorder Ann Mulligan said she was concerned McConnachie should offend just four months into her suspended sentence but told her it was her ‘lucky day’ as she extended the operational period of her previous suspended sentence from 18 to 24 months. She was also given a further term of three months, suspended for two years, and told to pay an £80 victim surcharge.