Intoxicated mum left naked when towel slipped during scuffle with police

A heavily intoxicated mum was left starkers when her towel slipped during a scuffle with police in her living room.

Roxanne Brennan, 40, was showering when officers entered her home in Sandringham Road, Roker, Sunderland, in response to a report of a domestic incident.

They found her daughter asleep on the settee, holding a knife – and Brennan upstairs getting refreshed.

A policeman handed her a towel and asked still dripping Brennan to follow him downstairs so their investigation could proceed, magistrates heard.

But she and her awakened daughter both kicked off – and Brennan booted a PC on the leg during her arrest on Monday, January 11.

Prosecutor Marc Atkins told South Tyneside Magistrates’ Court: “Officers attended. There had been a knife mentioned during the call to them.

“They knocked but there was no response. The door was unlocked, so they entered.

“The defendant’s daughter was asleep in the living room, and she had a knife in her possession.

“The officers wanted to speak to the defendant, who was in the shower. One went to get her a towel. She was heavily intoxicated.”

Mr Atkins added: “She admitted that she and her daughter had argued, and both had had knives.

“The police explained that her daughter would be removed from the house.

“The mum and the daughter both became verbally abusive to police.

“The defendant was put on the sofa. She lashed out and kicked an officer on the thigh a number of times.”

The court heard Brennan was jailed for eight weeks, suspended for 12 months, at Newcastle Crown Court, ten days after this offence for possession of a bladed article.

Gerry Armstrong, defending, said Brennan was seeking help from support agencies for alcohol and mental health issues.

He added: “She has been diagnosed with a disorder that needs to be regulated with medication.

“People who are alcohol dependent can’t just stop drinking, but she is working to wean herself down.

“She realises that this incident should not have happened, but it was in her home.

“She had a towel wrapped around her. She is thrown on the settee and kicks out with her foot a couple of times.

“I’m afraid her modesty went because there was no towel at this point.”

Brennan pleaded guilty to common assault of an emergency worker.

She was fined £40 and must pay the officer £75 compensation, and there was £85 court costs and a £34 victim surcharge.

Chronicle Live – Sunderland