Belfast Telegraph

Monday 22 September 2014

Sentencing delayed for foreign trip

A woman who admitted mowing down a police community support officer has had her sentencing adjourned while she goes on holiday to Australia for seven weeks

A woman who admitted mowing down a police community support officer has had her sentencing adjourned while she goes on holiday to Australia for seven weeks.

Magistrates granted Sapphia Da-Silva, 28, the time to go away after her defence lawyer pleaded her case.

She pleaded guilty to charges of theft, battery and failing to stop at the scene of an accident when she appeared at Ashford Magistrates' Court in Kent.

It was heard that she knocked over PCSO Daniel Smith, sending him flying five feet into the air, as she attempted to escape in her car after shoplifting at Ashford`s designer outlet centre on November 5.

Her case was adjourned for pre-sentence reports but put back for longer than usual to allow her to travel with her ill mother and two children to visit family in Australia.

A Kent Police spokeswoman confirmed the sentencing had been delayed for her to go away but said she could not comment on the case.

Da-Silva, of Chelsea, west London, will now be sentenced at the court on January 31.

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