Northampton ASBO breach woman, 63, jailed

A 63-year-old woman has been jailed for 12 months for breaching her ASBO.

Josephine Eze, of no fixed abode, was banned from Northampton town centre in 2010 for swearing and shouting racial abuse.

On 13 January she was arrested in a McDonald's restaurant for abusing the manager and throwing a full charity box and display cabinet at her.

She refused to come to Northampton Crown Court so judge Richard Bray passed sentence in her absence.

A week before the incident at McDonald's she was caught on CCTV at a bus station shouting racist abuse.

One of the people being abused in January had flagged down a passing Police Community Support Officer and she was warned about her behaviour, the court heard.

Alcohol addiction

At the McDonald's, in an area she was banned from, she was abusive towards the manager.

She was told to leave but returned and verbally abused the woman again.

The manager pressed the panic button and Eze threw a charity collection box and a display case at her before being arrested.

At first she denied making the comments but eventually pleaded guilty.

Her defence barrister Steven Evans said that because she had an ASBO neither the council or private landlords wanted to house her and she was also addicted to alcohol.

Mr Evans said: "I don't for one moment suggest that she isn't the author of her own misfortune."

He applied for the ASBO to be lifted so police would not have to respond to her all the time.

The judge refused and said it would remain in place for the full five years.

He said she had an appalling record of breaching her ASBO and was sentencing her to 12 months in jail because she and the public needed a respite from her alcohol abuse.

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