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Bethany Ivell jailed after assault on service station cashier and police officers

A young mother who avoided being sent to jail after committing a series of crimes has now been locked up for more offending.

Bethany Ivell was told by a judge she had previously been given what was “absolutely the court’s last chance” and he had no alternative but to imprison her.

The 24-year-old, of Pollyfield Close, Snodland, walked free with 16 months' imprisonment suspended for two years in January last year for attempted robbery and assault causing actual bodily harm.

Bethany Ivell pleaded guilty to criminal damage and assault
Bethany Ivell pleaded guilty to criminal damage and assault

Eight months of the sentence was for her involvement in a bungled armed gang raid on a jewellers in Ramsgate in December 2013.

She was given eight months consecutive for assaulting her cousin Helena Ivell with a beer can, leaving a scar, in Snodland in July 2014.

She was back in court last month for assaulting a service station cashier and two police officers, and breaching her suspended sentence.

Ivell got into a fight with another woman in a drunken brawl in a Marks & Spencer shop at the petrol station in the early hours of September 11.

Prosecutor Robert De Banzie said they collided with a sweet stand, damaging it. Ivell picked up a can of drink and threw it at the cashier, striking her in the face.

When police went to her home she was still drunk and “in a state of undress”, wearing her dressing gown over her underwear. She struggled and was put in handcuffs.

The Cuttings Jewellers and Pawnbrokers shop
The Cuttings Jewellers and Pawnbrokers shop

She kicked out when an officer tried to “protect her modesty”. She was arrested and put in a cell. She was still agitated and spat at an officer and while restrained dug her nails into a PC.

Keith Middleton, defending, said the mother of two boys, aged seven and six, had a drink problem and was downing two bottles of wine and spirits a day.

“There are significant issues of alcohol dependency and mental health issues,” he said.

Mr Middleton said Ivell’s current boyfriend recently broke into her council home and caused extensive damage, including smashing the toilet bowl to “smithereens”.

He requested a further adjournment to consider alcohol treatment.

But Recorder John Brooke-Smith said courts had followed a “non-custodial route” before.

Jailing Ivell for six months, he told her: “You have received a series of sentences with the court giving you a lot of last chances.”

He added he had no alternative but to activate part of the suspended sentence. She was given two months concurrent for assault and criminal damage.

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