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Woman who obstructed police in arrest of male fined £700

Defence said his client was 'ashamed of herself' after being played bodycam footage of the incident during a consultation

Craigavon Court

A Portadown woman who obstructed police attempts to arrest a male and assaulted officers in the process has been ordered to pay a fine of £700.

The 22-year-old’s barrister told court that his client was “ashamed of herself” after being played bodycam footage of the incident during a consultation.

Sophie Simpson, of Corcrain Drive, had guilty pleas entered on her behalf to two counts of assault on police, disorderly behaviour, resisting police and obstructing police at Craigavon Magistrates’ Court.

Prosecution outlined that on June 17, whilst police on West Street in Portadown were speaking to a male, this defendant began shouting at them and obstructing their enquiries.

Simpson then proceeded to strike out at officers and resisted as they made attempts to arrest her.

Defence barrister Joel Lindsay stated his client had instructed to enter pleas after viewing bodycam footage of the incident. He commented that until then she had not realised how “bad” it had become.

He told court: “She was ashamed of herself when she was shown the footage during a consultation.”

District Judge Bernie Kelly ordered Simpson to pay a fine of £700, along with the offender’s levy of £15, within 16 weeks.

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