A WOMAN who tried to run into a nightclub with a baseball bat has been given a community order.
Joanne Way, of Osney Court, Botley Road, Oxford, admitted possessing an offensive weapon in a public place and drink-driving on May 24 this year.
The 41-year-old was caught on CCTV in St George Street, Bristol, driving up to a busy nightclub in the early hours of the morning. She was seen jumping out of her car and running towards the venue brandishing a baseball bat, before being ushered away by police officers who then arrested her.
Darren Bartlett, prosecuting yesterday at Oxford Crown Court, said the incident followed an altercation inside the club earlier in the evening.
He added that Way has previous convictions for theft, violence, attempted robbery and battery.
She also had 53 micrograms of alcohol in 100ml of breath, above the legal limit of 35 micrograms.
Alistair Grainger, defending, said his client had not been very far over the limit and no one had been hurt during the incident. He told Judge Ian Pringle that in the past Way had struggled with a drug addiction and periods of intense depression.
The barrister added that the offence was committed at a time when her “emotions were running high” because she had recently been diagnosed with cancer.
Judge Pringle told Way she had to “control her temper” or she would keep getting into trouble with the courts.
He sentenced her to a 12-month community order with supervision for 12 months, a £250 fine, a 12-month driving ban and a £60 victims’ surcharge.
- Do you want alerts delivered straight to your phone via our WhatsApp service? Text NEWS or SPORT or NEWS AND SPORT, depending on which services you want, and your full name to 07767 417704. Save our number into your phone’s contacts as Oxford Mail WhatsApp and ensure you have WhatsApp installed.
11:20am Monday 28th July 2014
What do you think? We welcome letters from our readers on a wide variety of subjects and you can send us a letter through the blue headline above.
- Our top stories
9:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014
EIGHT health bosses received between £85,000 and £125,000 in bonuses last year, latest figures show.
10:08am Thursday 2nd October 2014
DRIVERS are facing delays between Witney and Long Hanborough this morning.
8:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014
THE Army has apologised after a paratrooper who lost three limbs in Afghanistan was bullied while working at RAF Brize Norton.
8:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014
MORE than 50 families have been relocated outside of the city so far this year, with Syrian refugees among the latest forced to move.
7:00am Thursday 2nd October 2014
FLOOD victims left devastated after a water main burst in their street have rallied together in the aftermath of the disaster.
6:30am Thursday 2nd October 2014
PLANS for a memorial to the Oxford residents who died in the Spanish civil war look to have hit a brick wall.