A DISABLED teenager left wheelchair-bound by an accident has been convicted of assaulting a police officer for the second time.
Nicole Bainbridge lashed out at Pc Amy Bagnall after the officer was called to assist door staff at The Point in Sunderland city centre, hitting her in the face and biting her hand.
The 19-year-old had been out drinking with a friend but was denied entry to the Holmeside nightclub shortly before 1am on April 6, Sunderland magistrates heard.
Prosecutor Jeanette Smith said Pc Bagnall and a colleague arrived following reports of a fight having broken out.
“Nicole Bainbridge was in a wheelchair throwing her hands around,” Mrs Smith said.
“She was drunk. She was warned about her behaviour, but 20 minutes later, Nicole had returned and was arguing with the same door staff, throwing her arms around in an aggressive manner.”
Bainbridge, said to have been slurring her speech, swore at the officers, before hitting Pc Bagnall on her left arm.
“She pushed me in the stomach and pointed the wheelchair towards me,” the officer said in a statement read out in court.
Bainbridge then threw her right arm in the direction of her colleague after she told the teenager she was under arrest.
“I took hold of her left hand and started to wheel her towards the police vehicle,” Pc Bagnall said. “She pulled my left hand towards her mouth and bit my hand. She lashed out and hit me on my nose and mouth.
“I grabbed her arm again and managed to control her. She continued to be aggressive and struggled.
“I was fearful I was going to be assaulted due to her demeanour and violent behaviour.
“My injuries were minor, but they could have been worse.”
Bainbridge, of Garden Terrace, Houghton, admitted assaulting a police officer and being drunk and disorderly.
The court heard that at the time of the offences, she was on bail over a similar incident in February, for which she was fined £410.
Neil Hodgson, mitigating, said: “Nicole Bainbridge accepts she’d had too much to drink. The reason she is in a wheelchair is that almost three and a half years ago, she had a very, very serious accident. She fell out of a window, and it snapped her spine.
“The prognosis is that she will never walk again. She was 15 or 16 when that happened, and it’s had a very, very drastic effect on her.
“The first incident happened around the anniversary of when she fell out of the window. This happened a couple of days before she was due in court for the other case.
“Everything got on top of her. She had been out with a friend. She had too much to drink. She apologises for what was said and done.”
Bainbridge said: “I did apologise. I did it on the morning when I came round. I was actually talking to her. I’m getting help with my mental health problems to sort out anger issues. I just feel really bad.”
She was given a conditional discharge for 12 months and was ordered to pay £50 compensation to Pc Bagnall, as well as £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge.