Town centre fracas sees two in court

A MAN who “tried it on” with a drunk woman in an Ipswich pub appeared alongside her in court after she admitted attacking a police officer.

A MAN who “tried it on” with a drunk woman in an Ipswich pub appeared alongside her in court after she admitted attacking a police officer.

Rodney Greenland hassled Anita Forrest in the Golden Lion Public House in the Cornhill on January 5, and when she left, he followed her, South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court heard.

Lelsa Small, prosecuting, said the pair had a heated exchange in the Cornhill at about 3pm when there were families with children around.

Dino Barricella, mitigating for Forrest, said her partner had recently been jailed and her pet dog of 12 years had to be put down so she had got drunk to ease her depressed state.

He said that Forrest, 37, of Ravensfield Road, Ipswich, was angry because Greenland had “tried it on” with her in front of her partner's friends.

Mr Barricella said: “She decided to leave the pub to leave him and go home. He then followed her out and tries it on again.”

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Ms Small told the court that when police arrived Forrest swore at the special constable and as she was arrested for disorderly behaviour, she bit down on his arm over his coat and kicked him.

Greenland, 46, of Angel Street, Hadleigh, intervened when she was arrested and swore at the officer and threatened to beat him up.

He pleaded guilty to disorderly behaviour and was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay �65 in costs.

Greenland said: “I lost my temper I shouldn't have done, I'm sorry.”

Forrest pleaded guilty to assaulting an officer and to disorderly behaviour.

Due to her having a history of assaulting police, magistrates ordered a pre-sentence report, released her on bail and told her to return on February 3 to be sentenced. She was told unpaid work was likely.

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