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Prison after spitting at police

Prison after spitting at police

Monday 20 May 2019

Prison after spitting at police

A woman has been sent to prison for three months after spitting at two police officers and assaulting a hospital porter.

In the early hours of 20 March, after being treated at the Emergency Department, Lesley Carre decided to leave the Princess Elizabeth Hospital and go home.

On noticing she had left, hospital porters were sent out to look for the patient and eventually found her hiding behind a bush. At this point, Carre began to verbally abuse one of the porters who claims she threatened to "stab" him. She then went on to punch him on the left ear. Despite hearing ringing in his ear after the assault, the porter required no medical treatment.

Guernsey Police were called and Carre continued to swear at officers while they arrested and handcuffed her. She then attempted to spit at the officer who felt it go past his ear.

On her journey to custody Carre complained that the handcuffs were hurting her wrists and, when a different police officer opened the door to the van, she spat once again, this time hitting the officer's face.

les Nicolles prison

Pictured: Carre has been sent to Les Nicolles for three months.

The defendant had consumed a lot of alcohol before the assaults took place and is currently under the care of mental health services.

Her defence advocate said Carre felt "very remorseful" and that the behaviour was "out of character". She has previous non-violent offences but had not appeared in court since 2013.

"These victims should never have been put in that position in the first place," Judge McKerrell said on sentencing. "Medical staff deserve, where appropriate, our respect and thanks. These offences are just too serious to avoid a custodial sentence."

Carre was sentenced to a total of three months imprisonment.

Pictured top: File image.

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