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Probation for woman who kicked police officer in stomach

A woman who kicked a police officer in the stomach and tried to head-butt another has been ordered to pay them each £75 compensation.

Donna Kane was also given 12 months probation for launching the assaults after being discovered lying unconscious on the floor of a house in Belfast.

The 44-year-old, of Duncairn Gardens in the city, was also convicted of separate theft and disorderly behaviour charges.

Belfast Magistrates' Court heard Kane became violent when police responded to reports of a woman lying in a hallway beside a suspected knife on April 9 last year.

She refused to cooperate as officers tried to help her.

A Crown lawyer said Kane kicked out, striking one of them in the stomach and attempted to head-butt the other.

Two months later she was detained for stealing £185 worth of jewellery from House of Fraser in the city centre.

During her arrest she started struggling aggressively, shouting abuse at police and members of the public.

In July last year she was discovered shouting and swearing in the street with a bottle of wine in her hand, the court heard.

A further theft charge related to stealing a £35 coat from Tesco at Yorkgate on February 15 this year.

Prosecutors also detailed another shoplifting incident at another Tesco store in Castlereagh, when food, alcohol, clothing and dog food worth a total of £55 was stolen in March last year.

Defence barrister Declan Quinn set out how his client's offending occurred against a troubled domestic background.

"To say one could write a sad book about her is perhaps an underestimation," he said.

The court was also told Kane is the first person to complete the new substance misuse course aimed at preventing further offences.

Praising her efforts, District Judge Fiona Bagnall said: "You have done extremely well."

Imposing probation and the compensation orders, Mrs Bagnall told Kane: "I wish you all the very best."

Belfast Telegraph