‘Don’t reach for Chardonnay once the baby is born’

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A pregnant woman has received a suspended jail term for assault and disorderly behaviour.

Stephanie Harris, of The Branch, pleaded guilty to common assault, criminal damage, disorderly behaviour and assault on police.

The charges relate to an incident in the city centre on February 28.

The 21-year-old had been kicking the door of a building and threatened and swinging her fists at two females. She also broke the wing mirror of a security van during the incident.

Police stopped Harris a short time later and she scratched an officer in the face and kicked out at another officer.

Defence counsel Nicola Rowntree told the court the 21-year-old had been drinking on the day of the incident and was abusing alcohol quite heavily at the time. She said Harris had been going through a ‘turbulent time’ but got her alcohol consumption under control. Ms Rowntree added that the 21-year-old has not consumed alcohol since discovering she was pregnant.

Suspending a four month jail term for two years, District Judge Barney McElholm warned Harris ‘not to reach for the chardonnay as soon as the baby is born’ because if she commits any further offences “she will be going to prison, baby or no baby”.