A woman shouted that the officers who hacked her for burglary were ‘paedophiles’ – before kicking the constable leading her to the police station in the back of the head.
Nichole Smith, 41, was arrested after refusing to leave a house in Eastern Avenue, Oxford on October 16, 2019.
She was drunk, aggressive towards officers called to the scene and was arrested on suspicion of burglary.
The Oxford woman reportedly protested loudly that she was not guilty of burglary. This was not without reason, given that the Crown subsequently presented no evidence to support the burglary charge laid more than two years after the incident.
Sentencing Smith at Oxford Crown Court on Friday, recorder Michael Roques noted that the burglary rap had been dropped, but added that officers called to the property had only been ‘doing what they were employed to do’ ‘.
Smith’s hands were cuffed behind her back and she was placed in the back seat of a police cruiser, with an officer sitting next to her.
She managed to unbuckle her seat belt, although it was rebuckled by the officer.
The suspect started screaming “rape”. She accused the two gendarmes of being racist and “paedophiles”.
She squirmed in her seat then kicked PC Ben Renshaw, who was driving, in the back of the head. At the time, they were on the southern bypass and traffic was heavy. Smith was not wearing shoes.
Prosecutor Liam Gregory said: ‘This was an assault in as dangerous circumstances as you could imagine and could have caused a serious accident on the road.
No injuries were caused to the policeman. They managed to get Smith to the police station, but the behavior was so bad that she bypassed the registration process and was taken straight to a cell.
When questioned the next day, she apologized for castigating the officer.
Recorder Roques told Smith on Friday: ‘In short, you were behaving in an utterly disagreeable manner towards two officers who were simply doing their job.
He acknowledged that she had not deliberately tried to kick the officer in the head.
It had been a “troubled time” in his life, he added. “It appears from the author of the pre-sentence report that, to some extent, you sought meditation with alcohol.”
The judge imposed an 18-month community order with 20 probation sessions, a six-month mental health treatment program and 150 hours of unpaid work.
Smith, of Gladstone Road, Oxford, pleaded guilty to assaulting a rescue worker and failing to attend a previous Crown Court hearing.
This story was written by Tom Seaward. He joined the team in 2021 as a forensic and crime reporter from Oxfordshire.
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