Mother who donkey-kicked policeman during drunken rampage avoids jail

Mother-of-one who ‘donkey-kicked’ police officer during drunken rampage at her sister’s baby shower avoids jail after claiming her arrest triggered memories of an abusive relationship

  • Sara Cox, 36, had been drinking prosecco at her sister’s baby shower in Chester
  • She winded PC Lloyd-Richards as he attempted to detain her on October 18
  • Cox, who had been thrown out of a bar for being drunk, also swore at passers-by

A mother-of-one who ‘donkey-kicked’ a policeman during a drunken rampage has been spared jail after claiming the arrest triggered her memories of an abusive relationship. 

Sara Cox, 36, who had been drinking prosecco at her pregnant sister’s baby shower on October 18 this year in Chester, landed the blow on PC Lloyd-Richards as he attempted to detain her for abusing his colleagues.

As the officer recoiled due to being winded by the assault, the former barmaid, from Chester, told one WPC: ‘I will batter you in five minutes. You’re a f****t.’ 

Cox, who had been thrown out of a bar for being drunk, also swore at passers-by and tried to attack one of them.

Sara Cox, 36, who had been drinking prosecco at her pregnant sister’s baby shower on October 18 this year in Chester, landed the blow on PC Lloyd-Richards as he attempted to detain her for abusing his colleagues

As the officer recoiled due to being winded by the assault, the former barmaid, from Chester, told one WPC: ‘I will batter you in five minutes. You’re a f****t’

Inquiries revealed Cox had a history of drink-related violence and was previously convicted of assault after spitting at one police officer and kicking another.

They were called to reports of her being drunk and boorish at the same sister’s wedding party.

At Chester magistrates’ court, Cox faced jail after she admitted to assaulting an emergency worker, criminal damage and threatening behaviour. 

However, she was ordered to give up drinking for 35 days under an alcohol monitoring programme.

She claimed that she acted instinctively against PC Richards because his attempts to detain her brought back memories of assaults carried out on her by an ex-boyfriend.

The incident occurred at 6pm after Cox, who has a four-year-old son, had been out at a ‘bottomless brunch’ to celebrate her sister’s pregnancy.

Laura Simpson, prosecuting, said: ‘She was refused entry into Frankie’s bar in Watergate Street in Chester due to being intoxicated. She was removed from the premises as she was disrupting the customers.

‘Upon leaving Frankie’s bar she hit the front door, which was closed behind her, with her hands multiple times. She kicked the door approximately three times causing it to crack.

Cox, who had been thrown out of a bar for being drunk, also swore at passers-by and tried to attack one of them

At Chester magistrates’ court, Cox faced jail after she admitted to assaulting an emergency worker, criminal damage and threatening behaviour

‘She then walked off down Watergate Street, shouting and swearing at members of the public and tried to attack one of them. She was held back by members of the public and police officers attended. 

‘But at that point she tried to bite and kick the officers while shouting and swearing and due to her aggression a police van was called for.

‘As she was being restrained by PC Lloyd-Richards, she kicked him, donkey-kick style, hitting him in the abdomen causing him instant pain and winding him. She continued to be aggressive and abusive to officers, shouting “f****t” multiple times.

‘She said to the female officer, PC McGlynn, “I will batter you in five minutes.” PC McGlynn said, “Are you threatening me?” to which she replied “Yes, because you’re a f****t.”

‘In interview, the defendant said she was intoxicated and could not recall why she had been arrested.

‘She stated that she did not say the homophobic comments but could not remember and could not dispute it.’

Cox had 41 offences on her record including racially aggravated harassment, criminal damage and public order offences.

In 2018 she went on a ten-hour drinking binge and attacked two policeman called to Inglewood Manor House in Ledsham where her sister was holding a wedding party.

However, she was ordered to give up drinking for 35 days under an alcohol monitoring programme

At the time she had to be subdued with pepper spray after she called the officers ‘rats’ and began smashing up their patrol car. 

She later used her abusive relationship as mitigation to escape with a 12-month community order.

In 2008 she was convicted of racially aggravated assault after she slapped an Asian taxi driver in the face and shouted a racially abusive insult at him when he ordered her to leave his cab because she was drunk.

At the latest hearing, probation officer Louise Baker said: ‘Miss Cox has identified that alcohol is not her friend. In particular, at this time she has revealed to me that she has been in an abusive relationship in the past. 

‘When the male emergency worker had gone to take hold of her in the line of his duty she panicked and she associated it with her previous relationship and the abuse that she was party to in that relationship.

‘She is horrified by what she has done and indicates much remorse. She has been a binge drinker and in terms of the incident she had attended a bottomless brunch for her sister’s baby shower. She just drank too much and did not realise her limits.

‘She is very sorry for what she has done. In terms of the alcohol misuse she has actually stopped drinking. She has not drunk since October when this offence occurred. 

‘She does have mental health problems. She does have anxiety and takes medication for it.’

She claimed that she acted instinctively against PC Richards because his attempts to detain her brought back memories of assaults carried out on her by an ex-boyfriend

Defence lawyer Howard Jones told the hearing: ‘The defendant had been celebrating in terms of her sister announcing a pregnancy. Alcohol was involved and it was prosecco or some fizzy type wine which resulted in Miss Cox behaving in an inappropriate manner.

‘She was refused alcohol in Frankie’s bar and Miss Cox’s recollection is that she was flung out of the front door and landed on her front. The door was closed behind her and people were then laughing at her. She lost her temper and kicked the door.

‘Obviously, she was extremely upset and said to some members of the public “What are you looking at?” Police were called and she was struggling and kicked out. 

‘It was more reckless in terms of the assault and it was a kick to his body armour and she was becoming more and more frustrated while being held on the floor.

‘She has had difficulties with alcohol and drugs in the past and an abusive relationship with a male who has been a regular user of drugs. That meant that she found herself before the courts on a regular basis.

‘She had a child in 2018. That has coincided with Miss Cox sorting her life out, sorting out her mental health and physical health situation and sorting out her accommodation. 

‘Her main motivation not to drink since this particular incident is that it has scared her coming back to court. She is disappointed with herself.’

Cox was sentenced to another 12-month community order with requirements that undertakes 100 hours of unpaid work, participates with 25 days of rehabilitation activity with the probation service and complies with 35 days of alcohol monitoring.

She was also ordered to pay £100 in compensation to PC Lloyd-Richards, PC McGlynn and Frankie’s Bar, and pay £234 in costs and victim surcharge.

‘We are not going to send you to jail because you have done so well in the last five years,’ said the chairwoman Jane Davies, ‘Since 2018, we have not seen you and that’s good.’

Referring to the 35-day alcohol monitoring programme, Mrs Davies added: ‘That is onerous and it is over Christmas. You should know that if you can do that you can do anything.’

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