Woman punished for biting three people


A DRUNKEN woman bit three people including a police official following a bust-up at a knees-up, Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard.

Lauren Maddison was at friend Samantha Bowman’s home in King Street North, Whittington Moor, at Chesterfield, when a row with Christopher Phipps broke out and she admitted it led to her biting him around the cheekbone.

The court heard how Ms Bowman intervened to break up the pair and Maddison (20) also bit her left arm, causing a three-inch bruise.

Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, said Maddison was arrested and she bit civilian detention officer Helen Wall during a strip-search at Chesterfield police station.

Ms Griffiths said: “It was conducted because police had information she could be a suicide risk.

“She refused to go into the cell and had to be escorted inside and a strip-search went ahead with minimum force.

“She tried to lie face down on the cell floor. The officer felt a pain to her hand and realised she had been bitten.”

Maddison later told police Ms Bowman had stepped into a situation that was none of her business and she bit her.

She said she was being manhandled during the strip-search. She had metal plates and screws inserted in a wrist following a road accident and she bit the officer because she was in pain.

Maddison, of Dale Bank Crescent, New Whittington, Chesterfield, admitted three offences of assault on August 1. She had previously been cautioned by police for a similar offence.

The justices ordered her to do 180 hours of unpaid work, pay £85 costs and pay £50 compensation each to Ms Bowman and Ms Wall.

Mr Phipps made no complaint to police and was not awarded compensation.

Steve Brint, defending Maddison, said she had been “plied with drink” at the house, consuming up to eight pints of lager plus six large vodka mixes.

Mr Phipps arrived around 10pm and she bit him during an argument. Her friend, Ms Bowman, tried to separate them and was bitten on her forearm.

Mr Brint added: “A strip-search has to be for specific reasons. Police say she was a previous suicide risk but this is disputed as she has never attempted suicide. The process is quite degrading for a young lady.”

He told the court she was put into a “gooseneck” wristlock and he added: “Police would not know about the pins in her wrist and it caused her great pain. She bit the officer to relieve the pressure.”