Racist attack Coleraine woman is spared jail
A woman who shouted "Polish b******s" and thrust a coal scuttle towards a man before she headbutted him after a row over loud music on Boxing Day has been given a suspended jail term.
District Judge Des Perry told Natasha Nalty (28) of Portrush Road, Coleraine, it was "appalling" behaviour with "racial abuse".
He added it was an "absolute disgrace to treat any human being like this".
Coleraine Magistrates' Court was told yesterday that police were called to Mount Street in Coleraine on December 26 last year where a Polish national had a cut to his forehead and also a bump and said he was headbutted by a female who also had broken a window of the property.
The injured party said he was at the address when Nalty started hurling abuse over the back yard wall and when he retreated inside there was banging and shouting at the front door and Nalty attempted to bang on a window with a coal scuttle.
It was alleged two other males were also present, one with a knife and another with a beer bottle which were being waved and Nalty shouted "Polish b******s" before she pushed the coal scuttle at him and headbutted him before the window was smashed.
Defence solicitor John Murphy said his client had been drinking and now wished to apologise for her behaviour.
He said she had a very bad criminal record but her offending has tailed off. He said Nalty had gone outside to smoke and was playing loud music and the neighbours had complained.
He added his client, who has anger management issues, was taken to hospital herself after the incident. Nalty was in court to be sentenced on charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm; criminal damage to a window; possession of an offensive weapon and possession of cannabis.
Judge Perry said before he had read a pre-sentence report he had been minded to send Nalty to prison because of her "appalling record" but he said he was suspending a six-month sentence for a period of three years.
Nalty is no stranger to the courts with more than 130 criminal convictions - including more than 40 for assaulting police.
Her record for assaults on officers is believed to be one of the worst for attacks of those kind involving a woman in Northern Ireland.