Voluntary worker assaulted officer

Blackpool Magistrates Court

Blackpool Magistrates Court

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A voluntary worker who said she was excited about appearing on television assaulted a paramedic and a police officer, a magistrates’ court was told.

Annette Speariett, who had been drinking wine after a year of being teetotal, spat in the male paramedic’s face and kicked the policewoman on the shin.

Speariett, 49, of Victory Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to two offences of assault.

She was sentenced to 90 days in prison suspended for 12 months, put on up to 30 days rehabilitation supervised by the probation service, ordered to pay £50 compensation to each victim and pay a £150 court charge plus £80 victims’ surcharge by Blackpool magistrates.

Pam Smith, prosecuting, said the incident happened on May 12 at around 4.50am.

She said an ambulance was sent to Blackpool’s Queen Street where a woman had been reported as unconscious.

Medics found Speariett on a chair outside the Walkabout bar. One of the crew told her he was a paramedic and she kicked out at him.

Speariett was walked to the ambulance where she called the crew vile names and spat in a paramedics face. After being arrested she made what were described as venomous remarks to a policewoman and kicked her on the shin.

When interviewed Speariett told police she had been excited as she was due to appear in a programme on TV that night and she had drunk two glasses of wine. She had been disgusted when told what she had done.

Peter Cave, defending, said Speariett had been doing voluntary work and that night had taken some clothes to a woman who had been abused. The woman was so pleased she offered Speariett a glass of wine. Instead of saying no, she had drunk the glass and had another.

The defence added that Speariett had not drunk alcohol for more than a year.

She believed the drink mixed with the anti-psychotic and anti-depressant medication she was taking was the reason she behaved as she did.