Woman begged to be sent to prison

Scarborough Magistrates Court

Scarborough Magistrates Court

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A WOMAN begged Scarborough magistrates to send her to prison, after she was let off with a small fine.

Donna Marie Mitchell, 34, of West Park Terrace, said: “I need to go to prison – I am asking you please send me to jail,” after she was sentenced for using words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress.

Mitchell had admitted to the charge earlier during the hearing at Scarborough Magistrates’ Court.

Describing the offence, prosecutor Steve Ovenden said: “It was about 5pm on June 2. A police officer saw Mrs Mitchell laid in Foreshore Road.”

When the officer approached the defendant she then became abusive and began swearing.

“It was the school holidays and a lot of children were present,” he added.

Franklyn Garvey, mitigating, said his client was remorseful for her actions, despite the fact that she had no recollection of what she had done.

He added: “She had gone out early and had fallen into the company of a man she knew on North Marine Road.

“Alcohol was produced - in the main it was cider and also cans of Special Brew.

“She is not one to drink to excess so it goes straight to her head. When it does happen she does tend to be a bit loud.

“Members of the public and children were about and she apologises. In relation to her remarks it was drink talking more than anything else.

“She is not in the way of speaking like that, particularly in relation to one remark which had a racist overtone.”

Mitchell was told to pay a fine of £50 and a victim surcharge of £15.

Despite her pleas to be sent into custody, chairman of the bench Neil Slater said: “I’m afraid we can’t oblige you today.”