A Bristol teenager’s string of “serious” attacks on emergency workers have been put down to her “violent” childhood.
Jemma Norman, 19, of Bedminster Parade, was handed a mental health treatment order today (December 2) after pleading guilty to one assault on a police officer, one assault on a nurse, and one racially aggravated public order offence regarding a police officer.
Judge Mark Horton ruled that despite the seriousness of the offences, “they represent problems that come from your early youth.”
Norman appeared in Bristol Crown Court today having been remanded in custody.
She will return court for a review on March 3, 2022.
Chloe Griggs, prosecuting, told the court: “On January 8, police were called to attend Ridingleaze pharmacy in Bristol.
“Miss Norman was threatening to assault staff… stealing and ingesting pills.”
Ms Griggs said police were called to the pharmacy, and when an officer tried to arrest her, she assaulted him.
“She swung and clenched her fist at the left side of his head. It was a painful punch and resulted in a minor injury.”
The following day, on January 9, Norman was being treated at the Bristol Royal Infirmary having been taken there the previous day.
“Security guards approached [a police officer] to say Norman had assaulted them,” said Ms Griggs.
“The officer advised her to leave the area and when she refused to leave, he tried to arrest her for offences to the security guards.”
Ms Griggs said Norman asked the police officer if she could have a cigarette and when the police officer refused, she said: “That’s because you’re a foreigner.
“You are full of f***ing germs. The only people I’m racist to is people like you for stealing our jobs, thank f*** for Brexit.”
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The third offence was committed on March 13, when Norman was being treated at Southmead Hospital for burns.
Ms Griggs said: “A nurse provided Miss Norman with gas and air.
“Miss Norman got up, pushed medical equipment on the bed, and stopped the nurse turning off her supply of gas.”
Ms Griggs told the court that the nurse warned too much gas and air could cause damage, to which Norman punched her, causing pain and discomfort, but minimal injury.
Ms Charley Pattison, defending, urged judge Horton to hand Norman a mental health treatment requirement.
“She should be given the opportunity to have that treatment instead of prison,” she said.
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The court heard how Norman suffers from unstable personality disorder.
Judge Horton said: “I have been in no doubt, despite the seriousness of these offences, they represent problems that come from your early youth, which none were your making.
“You have an appalling record of 12 appearances for 52 offences. The court has required further information about the background to this offending and it has listened with care.”
Judge Horton told the court that Norman has been involved with children’s services since 2003, and has been in care since 2012.
“Your early childhood is best described as childcare with violence – both physically and emotionally.
“You spent time homeless, and times in a violent relationship.”
He continued: “I find your decision to open up and discuss matters has taken considerable courage.
“You are an intelligent woman, with strength of personality.
“You are aware of the alleged acts and that they were wrong.
“I am in no doubt this will require you to open up in order to work your way through a disorder which was caused by none of your making.”
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