Jail for Ilkeston woman who bit police officer

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An Ilkeston woman has been jailed for nine months for a string of offences, including assaulting two police officers.

Linzie Grey, aged 29, of Nottingham Road, appeared at Derby Crown Court on Monday where she faced six charges.

After hearing the prosecution’s case, the judge, Recorder Patrick Upward QC, asked Grey’s defence lawyer ‘What am I going to do with her?’

The court heard that Grey committed the offences within a month of each other.

Prosecuting, Christopher Geeson, said: “In the early hours of the morning on June 20 police attended an incident between a car and a bicycle. When they arrived she swore at the officers and behaved in a strange and excitable manner. She was searched for drugs and three small bags of amphetamine were found. She was clearly under the influence of drugs at the time. They also found a hammer which she said she had bought from Tesco to put some pictures up.”

On July 5 police were called to a Chinese takeaway on Granby Street. Grey was drunk and had hit the glass in the shop several times causing it to crack. She was aggressive towards the officers, scratching one on his nose and biting another on his thigh.

On July 19, the day before she was due to appear in court to plead guilty to the charges, including possessing counterfeit notes, she threatened a police constable with a hammer.

Mr Upward asked, “What am I going to do with her? She committed her first offence at 26 and since then has either been drunk or on drugs. She has gone off the rails.”

Stacey Mighty, defending, said Grey had asked that her apologies be passed on to the police officers. She said: “She can see the error of her ways but clearly when she is under the influence she is a different character. She has a seven-year-old son and wishes to have contact with him.”

Mr Upward told Grey: “I don’t know what’s happened in your life to send you off like this. You have left me no alternative but to reflect these matters in terms of imprisonment.”

He imposed a four month prison term for the assaults on the police officers, and two months for criminal damage, to run concurrent.

She received a two month jail term for possession of a hammer, and one month for possession of class b drugs, to run concurrent.

For a further offence of being in possession of an offensive weapon she was given two months, and three months for the counterfeit currency, to run concurrent.

She will spend nine months behind bars.