North East Wales

Drunk woman 'assaulted Bryn Deva primary's deputy head'

A drunk woman who assaulted a deputy head teacher at a primary school has received a suspended prison sentence.

Flintshire magistrates at Mold heard how Amanda Perez, 43, went to pick up a child from Bryn Deva Primary School in Connah's Quay, but staff refused because of her drunken condition.

She hurled a stapler at the deputy head and damaged £1,000 worth of equipment.

She admitted assault and criminal damage and was jailed for three months, suspended for 18 months.

Perez, now of Malpas, Cheshire, was also placed on supervision for a year and was sent on an alcohol course and an anger management programme.

Magistrates ordered that she pay £435 compensation and £85 costs, and warned that it was her last chance.

The court heard that, after turning up drunk, staff took her into a school office.

She hurled a large stapler at deputy head Helen Evans, which narrowly missed her arm, but constituted assault, the court heard.

Staff left but she then went on to cause £1,000 worth of damage to items including a CCTV system and a laptop.

Aggressive

Police were called but she had fallen asleep on a sofa near to the main entrance before officers arrived.

Matthew Ellis, prosecuting, said the defendant was told that staff did not believe she was in a fit state to care for a child.

The deputy head liaised with staff and social services, was advised to call the police and the defendant became aggressive.

When police arrived, Perez was incoherent, and officers realised she had taken 20 tablets with wine, and she was taken to hospital, the court heard.

In interview, she said she was a recovering alcoholic and was on medication for the condition and for depression.

Brian Cross, defending, said his client had mental health issues and needed assistance.

"Everything got on top of her. She felt that she was heading for a breakdown," he added.

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