Drunk Darlington woman kicked, punched and spat at emergency crews

A VIOLENT drunkard who punched, kicked and spat at bar staff, paramedics and police after falling ill and falling asleep in a pub has been given six months to clean up his act.

Gail Peacock launched her unprovoked attack on staff when asked to leave the Green Dragon in Darlington when she was spotted slumped in her seat covered in vomit.

The 52-year-old reacted violently when she was awakened and lashed out at the bar worker – kicking and punching her before falling back to sleep.

Teesside Crown Court heard how staff were so concerned about his condition that they called an ambulance, but Peacock’s behavior continued to grow increasingly aggressive and erratic.

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Peter Sabiston, prosecuting, said Peacock punched a police officer so hard she had to seek medical attention for a concussion and they were forced to use a balaclava after she spat on them as they were trying to help him.

The court heard that one of the paramedics was kicked in the shin and groin as Peacock continued to resist efforts to get him treatment.

In a victim impact statement, the bar worker said: ‘I didn’t know if it was going to stop, it felt like it was going on forever.’

And the policewoman who was punched in the face said she was fired from work the following day due to a concussion.

Peacock, of Gilling Crescent, Darlington, pleaded guilty to assault causing actual bodily harm and five charges of assault against an emergency worker following her violent behavior on August 24 last year.

Shaun Dryden, by way of mitigation, said his client had a long-standing drinking problem, but hadn’t had a drink since the incident at the Darlington town center pub.

He added: “Until the age of 50 she had a good character, she seems to have a long-standing drinking problem.”

Judge Paul Watson QC, the recorder for Middlesbrough, postponed Peacock’s 16-month prison sentence for six months to give him a chance to clean himself up.

“I will send you to prison for 16 months,” he said. “However, I will give you six months to prove to me that you have made real efforts to remedy your drinking.

“When you come back on August 5, if there are any other offenses or if you haven’t complied with any of the conditions or if you have continued to drink, you will start your 16-month sentence.

“Are you clear about this?

Peacock was ordered to participate in the restorative justice program and work with the probation service for the next six months.

Judge Watson added: “I will have no hesitation in sending you to jail, if I am wrong I will be able to fix it as I reserve the case to myself.”

After his sentencing, Peacock said: “I apologize for everything I’ve done. It’s not me, it’s not my nature – I’m not an angry person.

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