Bristol news Woman who spat at police at Kill the Bill protest is jailed PremierLeague-News.Com
PremierLeague-News.Com - Francesca Horn found guilty of riot
PremierLeague-News.Com - Breaking Sport Transfer News ! A woman who spat at police, threw objects at them and hit them with a wooden stick at a Bristol Kill the Bill protest has been jailed. Francesca Horn, 25, of Picton Street, Montpelier, Bristol, admitted a charge of violent disorder during the Kill The Bill protests but denied riot. However, she was found guilty of the offence following a trial at Bristol Crown Court in April. She appeared for sentence at the court today. Judge James Patrick, presiding judge in the riot cases, jailed a tearful Horn for five years and 10 months. He told her: "You were an active and persistent participant. You were acting with other people and you accepted you changed your clothing in an attempt to disguise yourself." READ MORE:Joey Barton assault trial adjourned again The court has heard trouble followed an initially peaceful Kill the Bill protest in Bristol on March 21 last year against the proposed Police, Crime, Sentencing and Courts Bill. Scenes turned ugly with a faction of protesters letting off fireworks, throwing missiles at police, setting police vehicles on fire and smashing the windows of Bridewell police station.
News source = PremierLeague-News.Com
. In the footage Horn is seen spitting at officers on multiple occasions and kicking their shields. She is also seen throwing objects, including a police shield, at them and pulling a wing mirror off a police van.
Horn's barrister said his client had suffered bullying at school and had contended with difficulties in life including anxiety and depression. He said: "She has had some cause for reflection in relation to her actions since. She is deeply distressed about the prospect of serving a significant custodial sentence." Earlier Detective Superintendent James Riccio, the senior investigating officer, said: “Horn repeatedly directed vile verbal abuse at officers throughout the course of the incident and spat at them several times. Her disgusting behaviour then escalated to physical abuse as she kicked at officers’ shields, attacked them with a wooden stick and threw objects at them. “Horn denied she was part of a group which used or threatened violence which caused others to fear for their safety but the evidence we presented to the jury was clear and they ultimately agreed she was guilty of riot.” Sign up for our new Bristol's Court Insider newsletter for the latest court and crime news - from arrests to trials and sentencings
READ NEXT: Five men charged with murder in Brislington appear in court Bristol car wash couple jailed for human trafficking Man facing child abuse allegations dies
Collin Reeves jailed: Family of victims Jennifer and Stephen Chapple release personal tributes
Prolific teen offender gets his first taste of custody
Source = PremierLeague-News.Com