A piece in today’s Times which is, unusually, not on their website:
A children’s fashion designer and former actress has avoided jail after biting a police officer and yelling at him “you’re dealing with a celebrity”.
Charlotte Geneva, formerly known as Charlotte Laudat, was already serving a suspended sentence order for slashing her now ex-husband’s face with a pair of scissors last year.
Judge Catherine Tulk was told that Geneva, 32, who owns the Little Lott clothing brands, had been celebrating her birthday when police were called by reports of a domestic incident at her home in Sherington, Buckinghamshire.
The judge, sitting at Aylesbury crown court, was told that officers found her in a state of drunken distress with her newborn baby [J4MB emphasis] and tried to convince her to stay with friends or at a hotel.
Geneva hurled abuse at officers, screaming “youre dealing with a celebrity” and flailing around. As PC Rakesh Phakey attempted to restrain her she bit his arm. She was taken into custody after the incident on December 7, 2018.
Geneva was given an 18-month suspended sentence in May 2018 after slashing her husband across the face eight times with a pair of scissors. To escape he was forced to leap from a first-floor window and now uses a wheelchair. [J4MB emphasis] She attacked him after finding photographs of a woman in her seventies on his phone.
Tyrone Smith, QC, in mitigation said that Geneva had suffered a traumatic experience in the weeks before the incident, which caused her to lash out when the police arrived at her home. He said that she needed support to fight her demons and fulfil her potential. [J4MB: The same could never be said of men.] He added that she was pregnant with her third child.
Geneva admitted assault and was given a 12-month community order. Judge Tulk said that although she had breached her suspended sentence, sentencing her to prison would be unfair on her children. [J4MB emphasis. So the test for whether a woman should be punished for her crimes is, “would it be unfair on her children?” I’ve never heard of that test applied to men.]
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