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A Wisbech woman has been sentenced to 180 hours’ unpaid work for assaulting two court security guards.

It happened when Sofia Permnova was due to appear before Peterborough Magistrates’ Court on October 11 last year.

She was before magistrates in King’s Lynn on Thursday (26) for sentencing after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to two counts of assault.

KIng's Lynn Magistrates' Court (56957563)
KIng's Lynn Magistrates' Court (56957563)

Prosecutor Denise Holland said there was initially no problem with 32-year-old Permnova at the Peterborough court but she started to shout and was asked by a security guard to keep her voice down.

A colleague, Daniela Hristova, went to assist and Permnova was warned that if she didn’t calm down she would have to leave.

Mrs Holland said: “The defendant approached Miss Hristova and got right in her face.

“Miss Hristova had her Covid shield on at the time and the defendant removed it with a flick of her hand, making Miss Hristova feel that she would have been hit if she hadn’t had the shield on.”

Permnova, of Victoria Road, Wisbech, left the building but soon returned and was told to leave.

As another security guard, Bilal Khan, was escorting her, Permnova kicked him in the leg twice.

In interview, Permnova said she was “ten out of ten” on a level of intoxication.

Solicitor Julie Murtagh, mitigating, said her client’s mental health had suffered following the breakdown of a relationship.

“She doesn’t drink very often at all but said she had done so before court to be brave and confident,” added Mrs Murtagh.

As well as the unpaid work as part of a 12-month community order, Permnova was ordered to do 25 days’ rehabilitation activity requirements with probation officers.

She was told to pay £100 compensation to the two victims and £200 in costs and surcharge.

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