Woman ordered to pay compensation


A woman who spat in the face of a police officer and kicked another one was ordered to pay both of them £150 compensation last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

Claira Joanne Faulkner (44), Twinem Court, Portadown, had admitted four charges of assault and resisting a constable at a previous court.

The case was adjourned so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

The court heard that on March 3 this year at 11.40pm police went to an address in Portadown, concerning an ongoing domestic disturbance.

They spoke to the defendant and her husband, both of whom were highly intoxicated. Police were satisfied by the behaviour of both parties and the state of the house that there had been a domestic incident.

They split both parties into separate rooms. Without warning, Faulkner pushed a constable in the face with both hands and kicked him on the legs.

As she was being restrained, she spat in the face of another officer.

While being taken to the police vehicle, she again kicked the same officer and again spat in the face of the other constable.

A barrister representing the defendant asked the judge to consider a short medical report.

He explained she had various difficulties with their genesis in alcohol although she had taken steps to abstain from alcohol.

The lawyer said that what happened on the night in question was significantly out of character for her as she was normally very gentle and meek. She felt humiliated that she was in court for this conduct. She had little recollection of events.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said the bar was raised because this involved kicking and spitting, which crossed the custody threshold.

He felt that a probation order was needed to try and deal with the underlying problem.

The judge imposed a 12 month probation order and ordered her to pay £150 compensation to each of the two officers.