A woman who drank six litres of wine before assaulting her boyfriend has been jailed for 20 weeks.Six litres? If I drank a fraction of that, I’d lose my motor skills, and probably my balance. I doubt I’d be able to see, much less hit someone.
Of course, she’s had a lot of practice:
Claire Louise Brewitt, of Darcy Road, Selby, was already the subject of a community order when the incident took place on Monday, January 23. Brewitt had been released from prison in November for a similar offence.*sigh*
Selby magistrates heard Brewitt, 29, usually drank about two litres of wine, but had consumed up to six litres when she got into an argument with Michael Gill in the kitchen of her mother’s home.I’m guessing Mr Gill has a few ‘self-esteem’ issues in being involved with someone like this..?
Kathryn Reeve, prosecuting, said Brewitt had been in a relationship with Mr Gill since last year, and the couple had argued over accusations of infidelity.
Not that there were no comedic moments in the sordid saga:
Brewitt denied hitting Mr Gill when she was arrested, but said in interview: “I admit I slapped him, but he was right in my face”.Out of the mouths of babes (and drunks)…
When asked what she could have done instead of slapping him, she said “headbutt him”.
The ‘mitigation’ was a bit alarming:
Keith Haggarty, for Brewitt, said she had a history of similar offences, and “clearly she has demons from her past which have led to her trying to hide it with alcohol”.Hmmm. There must have been a memo going round Shysters For Scum Ltd, because that’s not the only time that phrase cropped up:
Mr Dyble said efforts had been made to help him, but they had not been successful.Perhaps we need fewer lawyers, more exorcists?
He said: “Drink and drugs are demons he has been unable to conquer.”
A representative from the probation service said Brewitt had a history of missing appointments, and had been seen drinking during breaks in the hearing.No flies on you, eh, Sherlock?
She said: “She knows she needs to address her alcohol abuse, but people can’t make her do that. She needs to be motivated.
“She has continued to drink during the period of time she has been in court today. That leads me to suspect that the motivation is minimal.”