A drug addict who threatened to hit a PCSO in Chelmsley Wood shopping centre has been given a suspended prison sentence.
Samantha McDonough, of Winchester Drive, Chelmsley Wood, was arrested after she raised her hand to the PCSO and told him she ‘wanted to hit him’ when he told her to leave the shopping precinct, on July 16.
Colin Heald, prosecuting at Solihull Magistrates Court this month said the PCSO believed the defendant had been banned from the shopping centre.
“The defendant told the PCSO she was not going anywhere and then started to become aggressive towards him,” Mr Heald said. “In a statement made by the PCSO, he states that the defendant’s face turned red, her eyes were fixed and her lips went inwards, revealing her teeth. ‘I feared for my safety. She raised her right arm and said I want to hit you. Her hand stopped short of my face’.”
Mr Heald said during police interview she admitted being aggressive towards the PCSO but she would not have hit him. She said she was on her way to collect her methadone and was ‘hot and bothered’ and ‘lost her temper.’
The court heard there was no known order banning McDonough from the shopping centre.
In her defence, the court was told the defendant had made good progress with her drug rehabilitation course and despite the fact that she is already serving a community order for a shop theft, magistrates decided to hand McDonough a suspended prison sentence.
The 40-year-old was given an eight week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months and a 12 month supervision order. She was also told to pay £50 compensation and £80 victim surcharge.