Assault victim is prosecuted

Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.
Craigavon Courthouse. INPT21-239.

When police arrived to speak to the victim of an assault in Waringstown she became verbally abusive towards them.

Tracey Gill (45), Lime Grove, Lurgan, was sentenced to 200 hours community service last Wednesday at Craigavon Magistrates Court.

At a previous court she had pleaded not guilty to disorderly behaviour but after a contested hearing she was convicted. The case was adjourned from that court so that a pre-sentence report could be obtained.

The court heard that on July 1 last year at 11.30pm police received a report that a female had been assaulted at Meadowvale in Waringstown. Gill, who was the victim of the assault, was being treated in the rear of an ambulance by medical staff.

As she got out of the ambulance she became verbally abusive towards police saying: “You are all arrogant f—king p—ks.”

She also said they were ‘nothing but f—kers’ and when she was warned about her behaviour said called an officer a ‘f—king ginger bap’.

As she walked towards her house she continued to use expletives over and over again.

District Judge, Mr Mervyn Bates, said Gill’s conduct was ‘disgraceful’ and she had a record which contained a number of public order matters.

“Her language to police was extremely unpleasant and undeserved,” he added.

A barrister representing the defendant said that Gill had been a victim of an assault but having heard what she said she was remorseful.

He added that she had since moved home and was keen to make a fresh start and end her cycle of offending.

Judge Bates said that Gill had offences on her record which included assault on police and disorderly behaviour.

He pointed out that on several occasions she had been given immediate custody which were appealed but the appeals dismissed.

The judge said there had been a small gap since her last offending and he thought that community service was worth trying.

But he warned Gill that if she broke the community service order she would be brought back to court and would face custody.