A 32-year-old Towy Valley woman who suffers from severe post-traumatic street disorder has admitted assaulting four police officers following an afternoon drinking binge.
Louise Thomas, aged 32, wept when she appeared before Llanelli magistrates to plead guilty to four charges of assault and one of using threatening words and behaviour during the incident in Kidwelly at 4pm on May 7.
Ellie Morgan, prosecuting, told the court how officers had been called to the property by the householder after Thomas had refused to leave.
Thomas had been planning to stay at the property overnight.
“She was clearly intoxicated,” said Ms Morgan.
“She was unsteady on her feet and her speech was slurred.”
“She was asked to leave and find other accommodation.”
Ms Morgan described how Thomas initially seemed to accept the police instructions, but as she walked away she directed a foul-mouthed tirade at officers.
“There were a number of members of the public in the area as it was only 4pm,” said Ms Morgan.
“A number of those onlookers were clearly alarmed and distressed.”
As Thomas was arrested for her behaviour, she “slumped to the ground” and kicked one officer – PC Webb – in the shin.
Thomas was again arrested – this time for assaulting an officer – and placed in handcuffs, at which point she turned to a female constable and said “Look at the state of you” before launching into another torrent of abuse.
While at Llanelli Police Station, Thomas spat at another female office – PC Evans, spraying her with saliva.
Thomas was then taken to the cells where she bit PC Beynon, clamping her teeth down on his finger for up to 15 seconds. Thomas then spat at PC Hopkins.
The injury to PC Beynon’s finger required hospital treatment.
Robin Reed, defending, told the court that Thomas had “suffered many years with debilitating mental health problems”.
He told magistrates that she had been diagnosed with – and was taking medication for - depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder due to a series of incidents in her past.
“She has no recollection of the incident whatsoever,” Mr Reed told the court, “either in terms of what happened in the street or at the police station.”
“She suffers from severe panic attacks and post-traumatic stress disorder.
“In the cell – a closed, confined space – when she was having her clothes removed there is a question of whether she was in control of her actions.”
Mr Reed said “the cocktail of alcohol and the prescription drugs she takes could have had a profound effect” on Thomas’ behaviour.
Thomas pleaded guilty to all five charges.
Magistrates adjourned sentencing to later this month following the completion of psychological reports on Thomas’ mental state.