Tagging order for Rhos woman after assault

Published date: 13 March 2014 |
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A WOMAN who assaulted a taxi driver has been tagged and given a curfew.

Gaynor Young, 54, of Maes y Gornel, Rhos, pleaded guilty to the offence at Wrexham Magistrates Court yesterday.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said: “The victim was a female taxi driver who picked up the defendant and another woman in Abbot Street on February 14.

“The passengers were abusive to each other, but when the other one left, the defendant turned her attention to the driver.

“Once they were at the defendant’s home in Rhos, she didn’t want to hand over the £7 fare.

Eventually she paid with a £20 note and was given £13 change but demanded more.

“She then reached forward and slapped the driver before exiting the vehicle. She was clearly intoxicated when officers arrived at her flat later and she didn’t recall the incident due to being drunk.

“She had consumed a full bottle of sherry and several cans of lager.”

Melissa Griffiths, defending, said: “She is a single woman on disability living allowance who has problems with alcohol misuse.

“She is now getting help, but had been drinking with a friend when she went into town that night.

“She regrets what happened and is deeply apologetic to the public servant.

“It was only poking and a slap to the arm, not a punch, so there were no injuries.”

District Judge Gwyn Jones said: “The victim was providing a service to the local community, this offence is serious enough for a community penalty.”

Young was given a curfew that runs until May 8, being ordered to wear an electronic tag and remain indoors from 7pm to 7am.

She was also ordered to pay £100 compensation, costs of £85 and a £65 victim surcharge.

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