An unrepentant mother of two threw up her arms in celebration and enjoyed drinks in the pub – just minutes after escaping jail for a drunken foul-mouthed tirade against police.
Amy Newall, 30, from Liverpool, was pictured punching the air in delight before downing pints of lager after her lawyer persuaded a judge to free her by claiming she was ‘sorry’ for her behaviour and she claimed to have given up drinking.
The jailbird was arrested in March over an expletive-laden and homophobic rant against an officer while being taken to a police station before abusing the rest of the officers when being brought to the cells.
During her rampage, Ms Newall headbutted the clear plastic Perspex of a police van and spat on the floor telling one PC: ‘I am going to smash your head off, you f***ing grass, you f***ing grassing b*****d. ‘You are f***ing dead you little f****t.’
Inquiries revealed she had a string of previous convictions and had previously been to jail for assaulting a police officer.
Amy Newall, 30, and friends enjoyed pints at a pub across the road from the court after she avoided jail for her drunken abuse to police officers. The court heard she was part of an ‘alcohol rehabilitation programme’
Ms Newall throws her arms in the air as she leaves court, having told the court she was ‘sorry’ for her actions. Her lawyer said the decision not to jail her was her ‘last chance’
At Sefton Magistrates Court Ms Newall of Bootle, Liverpool faced up to six months jail after she pleaded guilty to two charges of using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour to cause harassment alarm or distress.
But she was given a 18-month community order including a six-month alcohol rehabilitation programme after saying she had a ‘multiplicity of problems’ and was getting treatment for her heavy drinking.
Prosecutors argued that because of her background and the fact she was drunk at the time and the abuse was homophobic her sentence should be increased.
Ms Newall was seen drinking with friends outside the Merton Inn pub just across the road from the court after her goal-scoring type celebration.
The incident occurred on March 11 at 5:50pm, when officers cautioned and arrest the defendant for unrelated matters.
Miss Amie Gouldson, prosecuting, said: ‘Due to her aggressive behaviour a caged vehicle was requested. Once inside she began to make threats.
Ms Newall has a string of similar offences on her record, including a racially or religiously-aggravated offence and assaulting a police officer
The judge at Sefton Magistrates Court noted Amy Newall’s apology and her ‘remorse’ for abusing police
‘She head butted the clear plastic Perspex and said, ‘I am going to smash your head off, you f***ing grass, you f***ing grassing b*****d.’
‘She continued to make threats banging her head on the Perspex and spat on the floor saying: ”You f***ing m**g and little snitch’.
‘She kicked the air vent and said ‘You are f***ing dead you little f****t.’ She called him ‘a f****t’ two more times.’
Miss Gouldson said the abuse carried on after the defendant noticed that the constable was wearing a silver wedding ring.
‘You are definitely gay and a f****t’, she said.’
The prosecutor said that Ms Newall was arrested and cautioned for the homophobic abuse. After arriving at St Anne Police Station, she continued to be abusive.
‘She was abusive to all of the officers,’ Miss Gouldson said, ‘She called Constable Maddox a f****t. She was again cautioned and arrested.’
Ms Newall, whose father is a convicted drug dealer, has 19 offences on her record including a public order offence from May of last year, and a racially or religiously aggravated matter.
She was last in court in March for drunk and disorderliness and criminal damage, and she has previously been to prison for burglary. In 2016 a flat where she was a tenant in Bootle was dubbed ‘Gang HQ’ after it was linked to shootings, stabbings and drug dealing. Police later successfully applied for a three-month closure order after a handgun belonging to her father was seized at the property.
In mitigation for Ms Newall, solicitor Rory McCormack said: ‘What may be significant is that after the defendant had sobered up in the cells, she was apologetic to the officers. She does express remorse and is very sorry for her actions when the alcohol had worn off.’
Mr McCormack told the court Ms Newall had been misusing drink on a regular basis for a long time, to such an extent that she has been hospitalised for seizures.
He added: ‘She is now prescribed Librium in relation to alcohol addiction and there is some talk of a place being made available for her at a detox unit. She tells me that she is cooperating with probation as best as she can, given her multiplicity of problems.’
‘She is cooperating with addiction support services and there’s optimism that she will continue to cooperate with the various services. To incarcerate her now would only be a step backwards and not a step forward.
‘You may feel with regard to her record and the uplift that the matter has crossed the custody threshold but if the court were to come to that particular conclusion my suggestion is that it should only impose an immediate custodial sentence if there was not an available alternative to deal with the multiplicity of problems that she has.
‘Effectively, it’s her last chance.’
Ms Newall was fined £100 and ordered to pay £200 in compensation plus £180 in costs and a victim surcharge.
District Judge James Clarke said: ‘These offences were aggravated by being in drink, your her previous conviction for a racially or religiously aggravated matter and having had a suspended prison sentence for assaulting a police officer which was breached. However I note your apology to police, your expressed remorse and steps you have taken to deal with your alcohol issues.
‘Although you say you have abstained from alcohol since May, the alcohol rehabilitation requirement will supplement the work with the support service meetings and the prescribed medication.
‘This is an opportunity. If you throw this away you only have yourself to blame.’