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Contest date set in assault case

The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A 55-year-old woman has pleaded guilty to two counts of assault on police.

The case of Mary Kathleen Harvey, of Old Fort Lodge, Craigavon, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Wednesday, June 8.

The court heard that on December 15 last year, police received a phone call from Ms Harvey stating that her partner had assaulted her in her home.

Police attended at the address given and spoke with the defendant who refused officers’ entry to the property and stated that nothing had happened to her and she hadn’t phoned police.

The number that the call had been given on was dialled by police and the defendant answered it.

Officers entered the address to affect an arrest on the partner who had then become aggressive with police. As a result, they had to restrain the partner and place him under arrest.

The defendant then approached the officers when they were making the arrest and one officer was pushed to the head, which meant another officer stepped in front of Harvey to prevent further interference, but he was assaulted as the defendant shoved him twice in the arm.

No actual injuries were caused to either officer.

In her defence, the court was told that there has been “a significant gap” in Harvey’s offending and during that gap she was able to address her difficulties with alcoholism.

However, it was stated that the incident occurred during a relapse after she had successfully abstained from alcohol for ten years but she is now sober and has been for several months.

The solicitor added that the original phone call to police was genuine but she changed her mind as to how she wanted the matter to proceed, although it was conceded that her behaviour was “out of character”.

District Judge Bernie Kelly imposed a £300 fine for each of the two charges.

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