Our thanks to Keith for this. An excerpt:
In plain clothes but on duty that night, the officer started shouting that he was a police officer and waving his baton.
CCTV footage played to the court showed Clayton running across the road “as fast as her footwear would allow” to attack the officer before striking him on the head.
Prosecutor Richard Herrmann told Teesside Crown Court today: “He said was hit with such a significant blow that he thought he had been struck with a metal bar.”
Clayton, of Harton Avenue in Billingham , had drunk two bottles of rose wine while socialising with friends that night, the court heard.
Defending, Eric Watson said she immediately told officers that she had not realised the man she attacked was a policeman.
So her defence was that she thought she’d attacked a man – by definition, a sub-human – with a glass bottle, not a policeman. Final excerpt:
Judge Howard Crowson accepted Clayton may not have realised her victim was a police officer because she was drunk when she inflicted the blow.
And he concluded she was “unlikely” to commit a similar offence, stating a prison sentence for a relatively short time “may do more harm than good”.
“This all happened because you were drunk and people often act in ways they regret when they are drunk,” he told her.
He gave the mum-to-be a 15-month prison sentence which was suspended for 18 months.
Drunkenness is evidently a mitigating circumstance, then – if you’re a woman, that is. If you’re a man, it’s an aggravating circumstance, which will lead to harsher pubishment.