An Aberystwyth woman has been handed a community order after admitting a catalogue of drunk and disorderly offences as well as the assault of a police officer and a paramedic.
Cambrian News reported “Bethany Thompson, of Flat 2, 5 Llanbadarn Road, admitted three offences of being drunk and disorderly over three separate nights in January, along with an assault of paramedic Natalie Evans in November and PC Galland Evans in January, when she appeared before Aberystwyth’s magistrates court on Wednesday.
The court heard that in the November incident, emergency services were called out after 20-year-old Thompson, who suffers from mental health issues and has problems with alcohol, self-harmed while drunk.
While in the ambulance transporting her to Bronglais for treatment, Thompson became aggressive and kicked out at Miss Evans, injuring her chest.
On 8 January this year, the court heard, police were called out at 5am after a drunk Thompson and a female friend had scaled scaffolding around the town library in Aberystwyth.
She was found by officers “drunk, slurring and stumbling around the edge of the scaffolding,” the court was told.
Several officers, despite being subjected to verbal abuse from the defendant, still climbed the scaffolding and managed to get Thompson down safely.
On 10 January she subjected officers to a string of verbal abuse after being found drunk and punching a window in Great Darkgate Street.
On 20 January, police were called to Bronglais Hospital at 4am, where Thompson had gone due to back pain she had been experiencing.
Her behaviour was described as “erratic” and “escalating” and officers found her in the car park standing on top of a railing beside a six foot drop.
She was eventually coaxed down and arrested.
While in a cell at Aberystwyth police station she kneed PC Galland-Evans in the groin and kicked out at her.
PC Galland-Evans did not suffer any injuries in the incident.
Paramedic Natalie Evans, in a victim impact statement, said she works in the ambulance service “to help people, not to be abused”.
She added she had to take a break from work following the incident.
Chief Constable Mark Collins, in a letter read out in court, said that assaults on police officer are “serious and unacceptable”.
Geraint Jones, defending, said Thompson has voluntarily sought help from Dyfed Drug and Alcohol Advice Service since the incidents.
Thompson was handed a 12-month community order, to include 10 rehabilitation days and made the subject of a one-month curfew between the hours of 7.30pm and 8am.
She was ordered to pay compensation of £150 to Natalie Evans, and compensation of £100 to PC Galland Evans.
Thompson must also pay costs of £170 and a surcharge of £85″ here.