Woman’s shame at vile abuse levelled at police

Crime story
Crime story

A WIGAN woman who launched a sickening tirade of abuse towards a police officer has been fined for drunk and disorderly behaviour.

Emma Jane Sullivan said she was “thoroughly ashamed” of her outbursts which took place in the early hours of Saturday March 21 on King Street, Wigan.

In bizarre scenes at Wigan and Leigh Magistrates’ Court, a friend of Sullivan who was sitting in the public gallery ran out of the courtroom laughing when her pal’s expletive -laden comments were read out.

But the comments also received audible sharp intakes of breath from the court due to their extreme nature.

Katie Beattie, prosecuting, told the court police officers had been called to a nightclub in the town centre and one was stationed outside on the street.

The 24-year-old approached that officer and said: “You shouldn’t be on here spoiling people’s nights.”

She had then appeared to calm down but shortly after approached the officers again and shouted: “You are all kiddie-fiddlers, you horrible *****.”

And then, focusing her attention on one particular officer, she made derogatory comments about his appearance - which are too offensive to publish - and a series of equally vile slurs about the police officer’s family.

Ged Fraser, defending, said his client was “extremely drunk, had no recollection of her actions and could not believe those words came out of her mouth”.

He added: “That’s not the type of language she would normally use but clearly her level of intoxication was very high.

“She is thoroughly ashamed with what she said.”

Sullivan, of Keats Avenue, Worsley Mesnes, had pleaded guilty to a charge of being drunk and disorderly in a public place and received a fine of £73, costs of £85 and a victim surcharge of £20.