Woman who was refused entry to off-licence shouted abuse causing spit to land on staff member's face

Woman who was refused entry to off-licence shouted abuse causing spit to land on staff member's face

A WOMAN who was refused entry to a WineFlair began shouting abuse so close to a staff member that spit landed on her face.

Louise Browne (31), a mum-of-four who formerly worked as a care assistant, admitted an assault charge arising out of the incident on April 27 this year.

A prosecutor told Ballymena Magistrates Court when the staff member opened the door slightly to speak to Browne, of High Street in Ballymena, the defendant was right "up in her face".

Later that night in a separate incident at another property the defendant opened a door with excessive force causing it to hit a police officer's head and he had to go off duty due to "feeling dizzy".

When arrested she struggled and she shouted and screamed on the street.

On June 2 this year Browne was in attendance at a "party" at a flat at High Street in breach of bail conditions and when police approached her in the street she punched officers and CS spray was used.

She was shouting and swearing and one officer sustained "pain to his leg".

The defendant, who appeared via video link from prison, was also sentenced for several other offences.

On September 7 last year she had stolen a Henry Hoover, sound bar and two Echo dots worth £277 from Tesco in Ballymena.

In the early hours of October 12 last year the defendant "appeared" at the door of a neighbour at the High Street flats around 12.30am and lifted a bin before throwing it and causing around £40 worth of damage.

Browne also failed to pay for a £20 taxi fare on December 17 last year.

A defence barrister said the defendant wished to apologise to everyone impacted by her actions.

He said there had been a cycle of heroin abuse and stealing to fund that addiction.

The lawyer said she had spent around 13 weeks in custody but Browne was "motivated" to deal with her problems.

Deputy District Judge Noel Dunlop said he was struck by the fact that the defendant's criminal record had only started in 2019.

He jailed Browne for five months.

The judge said she needed help to get her life "onto the straight and narrow" and also put her on Probation for two years to include addiction treatment and counseling.