Swearing at paramedics costs woman £40

SWEARING at paramedics and police officers has cost an Eastbourne woman £40.

Janette McKenzie-Hayes, of Ringwood Road, appeared at the town’s magistrates court on Tuesday (January 18) and pleaded guilty to two counts of causing harassment, alarm or distress on January 6.

The 47-year-old was first seen by police at around 6.45pm when she was escorted away from her ex-partner’s home because she was shouting and swearing in the street.

She was warned but then started to swear at the police officers.

Police took McKenzie-Hayes to her daughter’s home in Havelock Road but they were later called back to the address when she refused to co-operate with paramedics who had been called to check on her.

Prosecutor Kevin Thomson said, “She was then hostile towards the police officers and started swearing. She was then arrested and taken in to custody.”

Noelle McGuinness, defending, said McKenzie-Hayes has been a victim of violence and has a drinking problem.

She said, “She had been assaulted and hit the alcohol to try and deal with the problem. When she was taken to her daughter’s house she continued to drink. She is embarrassed to be in court.”

Ms McGuinness said the defendant was hoping to put the incident behind her and move to a residential rehabilitation centre to address her problems with alcohol.

Magistrates at Eastbourne imposed a 12-month conditional discharge and ordered McKenzie-Hayes to pay £40 in court costs.