Grantham court: ‘My mum will eat your head’

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The court heard how on Christmas Day a 21-year-old woman assaulted a female constable during a lengthy struggle at Grantham police station.

Amy Podesta of Brook Street, Grantham, was arrested at 5pm on December 25 for breach of the peace, after police were called to a row between the defendant and her partner.

Podesta became aggressive and absuive to police, calling them ‘f***ing d**ks’, and adding: “My mum will eat your f***ing head.”

She also threatened to spit at the officers, and was taken to Grantham police station.

However when a female officer attempted to search Podesta she responded: “F**k off you fat s**g, you’re not searching me” with the police noting that her speech was slurred and she was unsteady on her feet.

Prosecutor Marie Stace also related how Podesta then began taking her top off at the front desk, but was stopped and taken to another room for the search to be carried out.

During this, she continued to be abusive, and slapped a female constable across her forearm before continuing to resist by sitting on the floor and kicking out.

Podesta then clenched a fist and caught the policewoman on the right side of her mouth.

Later during interview Podesta said she had drunk a bottle of whiskey and four cans of high-strength beer, and that she couldn’t remember between being at her mother’s address and waking up in custody.

She admitted that she’d had a drink problem for the last five years.

Bill Miller, defending, detailed how on Christmas morning his client had been drinking with her boyfriend at their flat, but when an argument broke out she went to her mother’s address.

Unfortunately, added Mr Miller, Podesta had more to drink while there, and too much alcohol was the reason for her ‘unacceptable’ behaviour.

He also informed magistrates of the defendant’s background, having been told that her mother had been married to a policeman who had been violent.

Mr Miller said: “Normally she doesn’t have a problem, but from a subconcious point of view, when she has had too much to drink she behaves in this way towards police.”

He added that Podesta’s ongoing drinking had become worse since being made redundant from a job at a hotel due to lack of trade, but that she had seen Addaction and was no longer in a relationship with the boyfriend who himself was an alcoholic.

In 2013 Podesta received a suspended sentence for three offences of common assault, but Mr Miller pointed out that the period of this had been completed satisfactorily prior to this offence.

The case was adjourned until February 2 so that a pre-sentence report can be prepared on Podesta, who remains on unconditional bail.