King’s Lynn woman gets suspended jail term for assaulting five staff at South Wootton care home

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Nadine Lennox, 50, of Mariners Way, North Lynn, was sentenced to four months’ imprisonment, suspended for two years, on each of five counts of common assault, when she appeared in court on Thursday.

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She was given a further two week sentence, also suspended for two years and ordered to run concurrently, after pleading guilty to a sixth charge of obstructing or resisting a police officer.

The case related to an incident at the Woodlands care home, on Grimston Road, South Wootton, on May 12 this year.

Paul Brown, prosecuting, said Lennox had gone to the home to see her 82-year-old mother while under the influence of alcohol.

During the visit, she became aggressive and assaulted five workers, who appear to have intervened to prevent her from assaulting her mother.

One of them had a clump of hair pulled from her scalp, while another suffered a lump on her head and two others sustained cuts and scratches.

Mr Brown said two members of staff locked themselves in an office for their own safety following threats made by Lennox, who also lashed out at police as they tried to detain her.

And, in a statement read by Mr Brown, one of the staff who was assaulted said she had been left shaken by what happened.

She said: “I can’t believe she would try to hit an old lady.”

And Mr Brown added: “That would be her mother.”

During a police interview, Lennox said she could not recall what happened as she had been drinking for several days prior to the incident and was only having flashbacks.

But she also told officers she had been “mortified” by her actions.

The court was also told that Lennox drinks an average of six litres of cider per day.

But Ruth Johnson, mitigating, said she was engaging well with a treatment programme led by the Norfolk Recovery Partnership.

She said there was history between Lennox and her mother which was “not good” and related to her not knowing who her father was.

The court heard the binge that led to the incident was triggered by Lennox seeing a newspaper obituary of a man who she thought may have been her father.

Miss Johnson said her client also questioned how she had been able to gain access to the care home at all in the state she was in at the time of the incident.

But she added: “It does not excuse her behaviour and she does not seek to make any excuses.”

In addition to the prison terms, Lennox was made the subject of a two-year restraining order, barring her from the care home, and ordered to undertake a 15-day rehabilitation programme.

She was also ordered to pay £75 compensation to each of her victims, plus a £150 criminal courts charge.