Woman is jailed for breaking man's nose

A 22-year-old woman was given a five-month prison sentence when she appeared at Craigavon Magistrates Court last Friday.


Danielle Donaldson, Flush Park, Lisburn, appeared by way of videolink from Hydebank.

She admitted charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm on August 3 last year,

disorderly behaviour, assaults on police, resisting an officer and criminal damage to a police uniform.

For the assault occasioning actual bodily harm she received five months in custody while concurrent three-month terms were imposed on the other charges.

Suspended sentences were also activated to run concurrently.

The court heard that at 1.25am police received a report of man having been head-butted in the Spice House, Thomas Street, Portadown.

His nose was injured and there was blood around his nostrils. Donaldson was identified and arrested for assault. It was later established he suffered as broken nose.

She started shouting obscenities and was screaming incoherently.

She spat at a police officer, striking him on the leg, kicked at different officer and struck a constable on his ballistic vest.

When Donaldson was put in handcuffs along with limb restraints she tried to strike her head on the pavement and police had to hold her head up.

She was placed in a police cell and had to be under constant supervision as she continued to try and injure herself.

A barrister representing Donaldson said her behaviour was ‘absolutely disgraceful’ although she was not someone who had her troubles to seek over the years.

He explained that she tried to self-medicate with alcohol and drugs but under the influence she reacts and lashes out.