Half-naked racist alcoholic attacked policemen after television appearance

Drunken Leah Neville, aged 44, called officers after seeing herself on the local news

Racist alcoholic Leah Neville spat and kicked a police officer

Racist alcoholic Leah Neville spat and kicked a police officer

A half-naked racist alcoholic attacked a policeman after seeing herself on the television news, a court heard.

Drunken Leah Neville, aged 44, called officers herself after seeing footage of her abusive behaviour in a takeaway on BBC Spotlight.

Police attended after she threatened to take an overdose but she ended up lashing out at officers, Plymouth Crown Court heard.

Neville had taken off her trousers because she had spilt water over them from a cat’s bowl.

She was jailed for 14 months for a string of offences.

Judge Paul Darlow said: “You unleashed a torrent of foul-mouthed abuse at a businessman in a takeaway simply trying to serve the public.

“Taken together (these offences) demonstrate a clear pattern of alcohol and prescription drug-fuelled violent behaviour. You have come to the end of the road.”

Neville, of Cecil Street, Stonehouse, admitted assaulting a police officer in the execution of his duty on October 14.

She admitted racially-aggravated threatening behaviour at the Stoke Grill on April 16.

The offences put her in breach of a 10-month suspended prison sentence imposed last year for another racially-aggravated threatening behaviour offence.

Hollie Gilbery, for the Crown Prosecution Service, said Neville demanded to be served in the takeaway. But she was told she was banned because of her previous bad behaviour.

She then started to abuse worker Warven Saadi, saying: “I will kill you, I will slice open your throat.”

The court heard she also told him to “go back to your own country”

Miss Gilbery said that Neville twice threw menus at Mr Saadi. He later told police he felt “embarrassed and upset”.

She added that Neville called police on October 14, apparently having seen the takeaway incident on the regional television news.

Miss Gilberry said officers attended but she became violent, spitting and kicking out at one male constable. She also ripped an epaulette from his shoulder.

The barrister said that during the incident she knocked the water from a cat’s bowl over her legs – and insisted on taking off her trousers.

Miss Gilberry said that officers were forced to call a female colleague because of her state of undress.

Nick Lewin, for Neville, said: “She is obviously a very pathetic individual. She is a very confused woman.”

He pointed to a probation report which helped explain her behaviour – factors which were not aired in court.

Mr Lewin said: “It clearly provides an explanation as to why she has an unhealthy relationship with alcohol. She is a classic alcoholic.

“She cannot it seems make that break. She is gradually falling apart physically and mentally.”

He added she had serious and long-term mental health dificulties.

The barrister said the was on a range of different medications.

Mr Lewin said there had been some “limited success” on her community order.

He added: “She is not a bad woman, she really is not a bad woman”.

Mr Lewin asked for a month’s remand in custody to provide her with an “immediate detoxification”. She would then be sentenced in January.

Plymouth Herald

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