Conditional discharge for assaulting officer

A Glossop woman who assaulted a police officer has been given a conditional discharge.

Officers were called to the home Sasha Dawson shares with her grandmother on Quarry Close on July 7 after receiving a call from her grandmother because Dawson was shouting and swearing, High Peak Magistrates’ Court heard. She was spoken to and the officers helped her find alternative accommodation. But later that night, she went to the police station asking for more help, before going back to the house, prosecutor Jennifer Fitzgerald said.

Police were again called to the property and when they arrived, took the decision to arrest Dawson to prevent a breach of the peace.

But when trying to arrest her, she hit one of the officers, PC Collier, on the chest before trying to hit him a second time. However, this time the officer put up his arm to defend himself and prevent her punching him in the face and she made contact with his arm.

Dawson, 19, admitted assault by beating.

John Bunting, defending, said: “The defendant doesn’t think she made contact with PC Collier. The defendant is clearly guilty of assaulting an officer.

“When she went back to the police station they suggested a Travelodge or Premier Inn but that really wasn’t a viable solution so she went home with the intention of sleeping on the door step.

“That is where she was arrested.

“She made a prompt apology in the police car.

“It is a sad state of affairs.”

Dawson was given a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £15 victim surcharge. She must also pay £20 compensation to PC Collier.