Aspiring nurse, 18, drunkenly hits two cops on first ever night out drinking
An aspiring nurse on her first ever night out drinking battered two cops, a court heard.
Leonie Anderson, 18, smacked the officers around the face and head as they tried to arrest her boyfriend on May 22 this year.
The two policemen were in Hartlepool Town Centre in the early hours of the morning when they chased after the defendant’s bloke and put him in handcuffs, Teesside Magistrates Court was told.
He resisted whilst Leonie pleaded with the cops to loosen the cuffs as they were too tight, reports GazetteLive.
She then approached one of the officers and began hitting him in the back of the head, Lynn Dalton, prosecuting, said.
"The officer could hear her shouting as they continued to struggle with her partner," said the lawyer.
And as the other cop struggled with the handcuffed man, she then hit him in the face about four times.
In a statement, assaulted officer PC Hewitson said: "I come to work to help people and protect people, not be assaulted by those we are trying to protect.
"It was completely unprovoked and I had been perfectly reasonable with those involved."
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The teenager had never been in trouble with the law previously and claimed it was a “one-off”.
Alex Bousfield, defending, said his client was currently on a health and social course and hoped to become a nurse.
"The impact of this on her could be obviously massive," he said.
District Judge Jane Hamilton told her: “It may have been the first time you have had a drink but you assaulted two police officers who have just been doing their jobs.
"They have the right to go about their jobs – you do not have the right to assault them.”
Leonie, of Milbank Road in Hartlepool, pleaded guilty to two charges of assaulting an emergency services worker.
She received a 12-month community order with 40 hours of unpaid work and was also ordered to pay compensation to the police officer totalling £175.
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