Mum who told judge she had quit drinking celebrates in pub after avoiding jail

A foul-mouthed mum who managed to dodge jail after persuading a judge that she quit drinking, was caught in a pub straight after she left court.

Amy Newall, 30, hurled abuse at several police officers and threatened to "smash" one of their heads in during an explosive homophobic rant on March 11 at 5.50 pm.

Miss Amie Gouldson, prosecuting, said: "Due to her aggressive behaviour a caged vehicle was requested. Once inside she began to make threats."

Her lawyer told the judge that she was "sorry" for her disturbing actions and said she no longer drinks alcohol.

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But the shameless punter and her pals were caught drinking pints of lager at the Merton Inn in Liverpool – just opposite from Sefton Magistrates' Court.

She was arrested in March after hurling expletive-laden and homophobic abuse against one officer as she was been taken to a police station, where she verbally abused every other officer when she was about to be placed in cells.

During her rampage, Newall head-butted the clear plastic Perspex of a police van and spat on the floor telling one PC: "I am going to smash your head off, you f***ing grass, you f***ing grassing b*****d. 'You are f***ing dead you little f****t."

Inquiries discovered she had a string of previous convictions and had previously been to jail for assaulting a police officer, reports The Mirror.

Newall, from Liverpool, faced up to six months in jail after pleading guilty to two charges of using threatening, abusive, or insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment alarm or distress.

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Newall was given an 18-month community order including a six-month alcohol rehabilitation programme after saying she had a "multiplicity of problems" and was getting treatment for her heavy drinking.

Prosecutors had argued that because of her background and the fact she was drunk at the time and the abuse was homophobic there should be an "uplift" on her sentence.

She has been fined £100 and ordered to pay £200 in compensation plus £180 in costs and a victim surcharge.

District Judge James Clarke said: "These offences were aggravated by being in drink, your her previous conviction for a racially or religiously aggravated matter and having had a suspended prison sentence for assaulting a police officer which was breached.

"However, I note your apology to the police, your expressed remorse and the steps you have taken to deal with your alcohol issues."


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