Schizophrenic spat at officers detaining her for kicking her ex's new girlfriend's door

Jamie Louise Eltoft admitted criminal damage to the tune of 700 and was fined 80 and ordered to pay 250 compensation.
Jamie Louise Eltoft admitted criminal damage to the tune of 700 and was fined 80 and ordered to pay 250 compensation.

A schizophrenic who booted her ex's new partner's door attacked a police officer after she was arrested and taken into custody, a court has heard.

Jamie Louise Eltoft, who was said by police to be under the influence of something, spat in an officer's face, leaving him sickened and feeling degraded.

Eltoft (30) of Hinton Street, Burnley, admitted criminal damage to the tune of £700 to the door on Coal Clough Lane and police assault on April 25th and was fined £80 and ordered to pay £250 compensation as he was in breach of a conditional discharge.

Mrs Alex Mann, prosecuting, said Eltoft had originally gone to her ex's, asked for a lift home, and was refused before she went across the road to his new girlfriend's address and started banging on her door.

Mrs Mann continued: "She explained she was unhappy because her partner was in a new relationship."

Police arrived at about 8pm and found the defendant with two police community support officers behaving erratically, going from reasonable to agitated, crying, and shouting abuse.

Eltoft refused to get in the van, was walked to the rear, and told to get in whilst being handcuffed, with the prosecutor adding: "She had to be lifted in the van because she wouldn't cooperate.

"She was kicking at the cage; she was taken to the custody office where she was agitated and shouting abuse and tilted her head backwards and deliberately spat at the officer."

Mr John Rusius, defending Eltoft, told the court she suffered from schizophrenia and was bi-polar and that her ex-partner's new girlfriend was calling her names leading her to get upset leading her to kick the woman's door.

Mr Rusius also said the defendant claimed that, when police arrived, one of the officers said to her: "Go and smack yourself in the face and put it straight."

Mr Rusius said: "She told the custody officer what the officer had said and the officer who had said it stared giggling and laughing at her. She got more upset and she spat at him."

"She very much regrets what she did," he added. "She shouldn't have done it, she accepts that."