Woman got drunk after losing job: court case

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.
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A woman who lost her new job at Christmas started 2016 by getting “very drunk” and kicking a policewoman, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told Danielle Louise Shepherd (22) was extremely abusive and hurled a shoe at some people, calling them names in the New Year’s Day “madness”.

She was put in a police van and kicked out, catching PC Katie Duerden in the neck and face, leaving her cut and with reddening and soreness.

Her early hours outburst was the third time she had been in court for police assault. Prosecutor Mrs Alex Mann, who said officers had been flagged down by door staff at the Duke of Lancaster pub in Colne, told the bench: “Her record shows this certainly isn’t a one-off. She has convictions of a similar nature and it’s the police who end up being assaulted.”

The defendant, of Newport Street, Nelson, admitted being drunk and disorderly in Church Street, Colne, and police assault. She was given a 12-month community order, with 21 hours at an attendance centre. She must pay £50 compensation and a £60 victim surcharge.

Mr Nick Cassidy (defending) said Shepherd was thoroughly ashamed. Since she appeared in court in 2014, she had drastically reduced her alcohol intake. She had full-time work and last October moved into a new house.

The solicitor added: “She was extremely optimistic for the future and had a number of hopes and aspirations.”

Mr Cassidy said the defendant’s job ended last November and she then found what she thought would be a permanent position with a reputable business.

“Unfortunately, at Christmas they then laid off all the staff. Christmas wasn’t pleasant by any stretch of the imagination and she was persuaded to go out. Unfortunately, she let herself down and had too much to drink. She offers no excuse and knows it’s totally out of order.”