Woman’s vi­o­lent outburst

Byfleet: Sus­pended sen­tence is ex­tended after abuse to­wards staff and cus­tomers and as­sault on of­fi­cer

Surrey Herald/News - - NEWS - By Guy Martin

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.

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