A mother assaulted horrified onlookers who came to the assistance of her three-year-old daughter as she drunkenly dropped the toddler onto the pavement.
Samantha Okon, 25, also attacked two police officers after she “flipped” during an alcohol-fuelled argument in the street after a family gathering, to celebrate the life a late relation.
Your behaviour on August 8 was appalling and there can be no excuse or justification for any of the offences you have committed. Many people, I suspect, will be concerned that you are allowed still to care for your children.District Judge Roger Elsey
The mum-of-two, of Laburnum Road, Fulwell, has now received a six-month jail sentence, suspended for a year, after pleading guilty to two counts of common assault, two counts of assaulting a police officer and one of being drunk in charge of a child under the age of seven years.
Sunderland magistrates court heard how the incident started during a family gathering at a house in Coniston Avenue, Fullwell, on Saturday, August 8.
Prosecutor John McGlone said Okon had been drinking all afternoon, when an argument ensued with her partner and she left the address at 8.45pm with both her children.
“She argued with him in the street,” Mr McGlone said. “She was holding her child, who is aged three. During the course of the argument she dropped the child on the pavement.”
The court heard, that as a man and a woman in the street intervened, Okon attacked them. She punched the woman in the face and bit the man on the arm and hand.
When two officers arrived, Okon told them : “You don’t know the half of it, I punched some car windows, but they wouldn’t go out.”
She then slapped the male police officer with her left hand, Mr McGlone said, before she bit him on the arm. She then assaulted his female colleague by spitting into her hair. The first officer received a bite mark to his arm and had to be vaccinated against Hepatitis B and take a course of antibiotics.
Stewart Hay, defending, said: “In her words, she ‘flipped’, on this occasion. This is not a lady who drinks. Her grandad died a year previous and they had got together to celebrate his life.”
Sentencing Okon, District judge Roger Elsey, said: “Many people, I suspect, will be concerned that you are allowed still to care for your children, and, in my judgement, the combination of these offences is so serious that only a custodial sentence can be justified.
“If the sentence was to come into effect immediately, your victims would not get the compensation they deserve, so the sentence will be suspended.”
Okon was told to pay £150 in compensation to each of the victims and a criminal courts charge of £150.