Suffolk woman who kicked police officer in groin back in court for abusing another officer

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court

South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court - Credit: Archant

A woman given a 36-month conditional discharge for kicking a policeman in the groin has appeared in court again for abusing another officer.

Michelle Church, of School Lane, Knodishall, pleaded guilty at South East Suffolk Magistrates’ Court to threatening behaviour.

The 32-year-old also admitted she was in breach of the conditional discharge she was given in July last year.

Prosecutor Wayne Ablett said the latest offence occurred at around 10.30pm on March 16 when police were called to the Accident and Emergency Department at Ipswich Hospital.

Church was in the hospital grounds shouting and being abusive, which was upsetting other patients.


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As a police constable walked towards her Church swore at him and was told not to swear.

Magistrates heard Church was with her partner and daughter but continued to use bad language a number of times.

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Mr Ablett said Church’s daughter told her to be quiet and have some water.

Church, formerly of Cherry Close, Halesworth, was said to be drunk at the time.

She was arrested after her behaviour continued.

The court was told she had been given a conditional discharge last year after she was abusive to police officers, before kicking one in the groin.

Church was also said to be drunk and with her daughter on that occasion.

Bob Skinner, Chairman of the Bench, told Church: “It’s not sensible to take a flying kick at a police officer and even less sensible to repeat the offence, is it?”

After adjourning the matter for a pre-sentence report from a probation officer Church was given a community order which includes a three-month curfew from 7pm to 6am.

She was also fined £75 and ordered to pay £25 towards prosecution costs, as well as £20 to the victims’ fund.

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