Pensioner sentenced for assaulting a police officer

Skegness Magistrates' Court EMN-150128-105317001
Skegness Magistrates' Court EMN-150128-105317001
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A Louth pensioner slapped a female police officer who was taking her to hospital against her will, a court has been told.

Jillian Diane Wood, 63, of Eastgate, admitted assaulting PC Kelly 
Palmer, a police officer acting in the execution of her duty, when she appeared at Skegness Magistrates’ 
Court.

Jim Clare, prosecuting, said that in the early hours of the morning of 
February 16, police spoke to Ms Wood after reports that she had 
taken an overdose of prescription drugs.

He said that Ms Wood initially refused to go to hospital and 
was then abusive and aggressive to the police officers and ambulance 
staff present.

Mr Clare said she had to be restrained and 
was taken to the hospital 
at Louth.

As she was being taken out of the ambulance, she shouted “F*** off, bitch,” at 
PC Palmer and slapped her, causing redness and discomfort.

Mr Clare said that in 2006, Ms Wood, a former art and English teacher, had served a two year custodial sentence for assaulting her mother, for whom she was the carer, although the court later heard that 
she had resumed caring for her mother 
until her death.

In mitigation, Nicholas Alderson said that Ms Wood was being told she had to go to hospital 
when she didn’t want to go, and she was 
taken forcibly.

He told the magistrates that she had fallen at home and had seen blood coming from her ear and had telephoned the emergency advice 
service 111.

However, it turned out to be just a cut and not internal bleeding.

He said that Ms Wood did admit the slap was ‘without justification’ and ‘in the heat of the moment’.

Ms Wood was given a 12 month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £50 compensation to the 
police officer.

She was also ordered to pay £85 in costs and a 
£15 surcharge.