Drunken mum sentenced for biting policeman while caring for young daughter

Shawnagaye Shaw pleaded guilty to all three offences

Shawnagaye Shaw pleaded guilty to all three offences - Credit: PA Archive/Press Association Ima

A drunk mother who bit a policeman on the hand while taking care of her six-year-old daughter was today given a 12 month community order.

Thames Magistrates’ Court heard how officers were called to Maud Road, Plaistow in the early hours of November 28 to reports of a disturbance.

Shawnagaye Shaw was heard to be shouting expletives as part of an argument with another woman, the court was told.

When Pc West tried to separate the two, Shaw, of Whiston Road, Hackney, bit him on the hand. She was subsequently arrested for being drunk and disorderly in a public place and for assaulting a police officer.

Shaw’s young daughter was in her care at the time and she was also arrested for being drunk in charge of a child.


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Shaw, 26, pleaded guilty to all three offences at a previous hearing.

In her defence, magistrates were told: “She did not intend to get herself into that state. She does express her deep regret and remorse.”

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Shaw was handed a 12 month community order with the requirement to complete 40 hours of unpaid work.

She must also pay £50 compensation to the police officer she assaulted and contribute £85 towards prosecution costs, and was told a police officer “should not expect to be assaulted in the execution of his duties”.

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