Supervision order for breach of ASBO

PUBLISHED: 12:35 21 September 2006 | UPDATED: 09:52 31 May 2010

A WOMAN in breach of an anti-social behaviour order had made great progress in addressing her drink problem while on remand in Holloway Prison, a court was told last Wednesday. Gillian Crow, 40, of The Green, Saffron Walden, was before Chelmsford Crown Co

A WOMAN in breach of an anti-social behaviour order had made great progress in addressing her drink problem while on remand in Holloway Prison, a court was told last Wednesday.

Gillian Crow, 40, of The Green, Saffron Walden, was before Chelmsford Crown Court for sentence after admitting a breach of the order. She sobbed in the dock as sentence was passed.

Recorder Robin Knowles QC imposed a community order on Crow, placing her under the supervision of a probation officer for 12 months.

He told Crow that any breach of an ASBO was a serious matter, but he took into account that she already spent 134 days in custody on remand and this was more than adequate punishment.

Laureen Hussain, prosecuting, said in October 2004 Epping Magistrates imposed a six-year Anti-Social Behaviour Order on Crow, two conditions being that she should not be drunk in a public place and that she should not use insulting or abusive words.

On May 18 this year police received a message that there was a drunk woman outside a house in Manor Street Braintree, and that she was being verbally abusive towards some residents there.

Police attended and found Crow slumped on the steps of the front door. She was drunk and smelt strongly of alcohol.

At one stage she got to her feet and fell over.

An officer told Crow she was being arrested and she repeatedly swore at the constable, said Miss Hussain.

John Donnelly, mitigating, said although it had been "an unattractive incident" a woman with a propensity for drink was going to struggle to honour a six-year ASBO.

He added that Crow had made "great strides" during the 134 days she had spent in Holloway since her arrest.

She had completed an intensive Alcohol Awareness Programme and had received one-to-one counselling.

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