Belfast Telegraph

Limavady woman Rachel Morrow 'spat in face of police officers and attacked paramedic'

By George Jackson

A woman who had admitted assaulting a paramedic who was giving her medical assistance has been taken into custody after breaking her bail conditions.

Rachel Morrow was remanded in custody at Londonderry Magistrates' Court yesterday.

The court heard that Morrow (31) from Glenview Drive in Limavady has 133 previous criminal convictions - 39 of them for assaults.

A police officer told District Judge Barney McElholm that the assault on the paramedic as well as an assault on a police officer - which the defendant also admitted - both took place in Limavady on April 10.

The defendant was found wandering around the town with multiple cuts and abrasions. She spat into the face of a police officer who tried to help her and verbally abused them.

When an ambulance arrived Morrow verbally abused the paramedic who was trying to assess her injuries and kicked them on the thigh.

The ambulance crew withdrew and the police decided to take the defendant to hospital. While in the police car she spat in the face of another officer and shouted at him "I will kill you, I will eat you alive".

The police witness said the defendant was released on bail for the offences but on Tuesday night she was seen wandering drunk in John Street in Londonderry.

Her bail conditions banned her from consuming alcohol - but she was found to be over three times the legal limit for driving.

Applying for bail defence, solicitor Seamus Quigley said there was no getting away from the defendant's appalling record. He said she had been involved in an extremely abusive relationship which had ended in a violent manner.

"When you see a number of women involved in abusive relationships over a long period of time, quite often something gives in terms of their attitudes and reactions," he said.

"Quite often they exhibit treatment to other individuals that they themselves have experienced."

Refusing bail, the judge said the defendant had a propensity to inflict nasty violence on others and he said he would not trust her to comply with any court imposed bail conditions.

The defendant was remanded in custody until June 13.

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