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Female brawler kicked officer on leg outside Belfast bar, court told

By Alan Erwin

A woman attacked and hospitalised a policeman after she was arrested for brawling outside a Belfast bar, a court has heard.

Chelsea Hopkins (22) received a four-month suspended prison sentence for the assault which forced the officer off duty for nearly two weeks.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard she had been fighting with another woman outside the bar on Dublin Road two days before Christmas last year.

A prosecutor said Hopkins, of Shore Crescent in the city, was drunk and started shouting sectarian abuse after police were called.

"She became more agitated and climbed on top of an industrial bin," the prosecution lawyer said.

From there Hopkins scaled a large fence, sparking fears she was about to fall.

She was eventually arrested but kicked out and struck the policeman on the leg.

He had to be taken to hospital and was off work for up to 10 days.

Her lawyer said she was apologetic and embarrassed by her actions during pre-Christmas celebrations. District Judge Peter King told her: "The facts outlined to me involve you engaging in some sectarian abuse, but you were directing it at all sections of our community.

"If that wasn't bad enough, you compound the verbal idiocy by assaulting a police officer to such an extent he required hospital treatment and was off duties for nearly a fortnight."

He imposed a total of four months in prison, suspended for 12 months, for assault on police and disorderly behaviour.

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