Drunk woman guilty of assaulting officer

PUBLISHED: 14:28 27 April 2006 | UPDATED: 13:23 04 May 2010

A DRUNK Ely woman who smashed three windows, shouted abuse and kicked out at a police officer will be sentenced next month after a lager-induced rampage in a city centre pub. Jackie Noble, 44, of New Barns Avenue, claimed her drink was spiked with ampheta

A DRUNK Ely woman who smashed three windows, shouted abuse and kicked out at a police officer will be sentenced next month after a lager-induced rampage in a city centre pub.

Jackie Noble, 44, of New Barns Avenue, claimed her drink was spiked with amphetamines, causing her to forget about the night of violence at the High Flyer pub on October 23 last year.

The defence did not wash with magistrates, however, who found her guilty of assaulting a police officer, criminal damage and disorderly behaviour at court on Friday.

Noble - who had eight previous convictions for offences involving violence since 1990 - had gone into the city with her next-door neighbour, Sarah Munday at about 5pm, the court was told, after drinking at home earlier in the day.

Noble told the bench that after the landlady of the Castle Lodge Hotel refused to serve Mrs Munday, the pair went onto the High Flyer, where they met Mrs Munday's husband Carl and his brother Wayne. Wayne then went over to Mrs Munday and started groping her, according to Noble, and then Carl pinned his brother to the ground before the police arrived.

Both Carl and Wayne were arrested before Noble was passed a bag containing the amphetamines, which she claimed she threw down the sink in the toilets.

Noble said: "I returned to my drink, but I don't remember anything else. I can remember some handcuffs being on me, then being in a hospital being bandaged up and then being in Parkside Police Station in Cambridge."

CCTV footage of the night, however, clearly showed Noble kicking out at Pc Craig Baker and threatening to punch barstaff. In addition, she smashed three windows and the scars from this incident could be seen on her wrists in court. DNA of her blood was found on the windows later.

Prosecuting, Francesca Devine told Noble: "You were being evicted from a pub and you wanted to go back in there, didn't you?

"Your behaviour was unpleasant and that was because of the quantity you had been drinking. You can be seen on the videotape being violent and you kicked a police constable."

Ambulance staff at the scene suggested that Noble had consumed as much as 13 cans of lager before going out that day.

In mitigation, Michael Judkins said: "My primary defence is one of involuntary intoxication. The main thrust of this is that the defendant has no recall of what happened."

Chairman of the bench, Mary Rone, told the court: "We've found that there is insufficient evidence to say that the intoxicating substance was surreptitiously administered to the defendant. We therefore find you guilty.

"We are looking at a community penalty of unpaid work with supervision. The purpose of the sentence will be punishment and rehabilitation."

Noble will be sentenced on May 25. She will also be re-sentenced for breaching a 12-month conditional discharge imposed in June last year.

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