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Mum who smacked police officer across face claims the pill gave her mood swings

Rebecca Coulthard, 40, attacked a male officer after they approached her in Stockton-on-tees, County Durham, and claimed the contraceptive pill gave her mood swings

Rebecca Coulthard outside Teesside Magistrates’ Court

A mum who smacked a police officer across the face claimed her contraceptive pill gave her mood swings.

Rebecca Coulthard, 40, attacked a male officer after they approached her in Stockton-on-tees, County Durham.

The officer stepped in after noticing her acting “aggressively” towards her adult son, GazetteLive reports.

Prosecutor Lillian Yanes Hellevik told Teesside Magistrates Court: “She was acting aggressive towards her son, she was pointing at him and he seemed to be distressed.”

Ms Yanes Hellevik continued: “The defendant became aggressive towards the police officer.

“She began to shout expletives and then attempted to abscond from the scene.”



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The prosecutor said Coulthard turned to the officer and smacked him across the face and neck.

She said: “She attempted to bite and punch them also.

“In interview, she said she couldn’t remember the offence as she had been drinking but didn’t attempt to bite the officer.”

Coulthard, from Norton, pleaded guilty to assault by beating of an emergency worker at a previous hearing.

Ms Yanes Hellevik said she was last before a court in 2011 for being drunk and disorderly and assault on a constable.

Danielle Hewitt, defending, said: “She was taking a contraceptive pill by the name of Cerelle.

“This has caused her to have severe mood swings and she’s been taken off that contraceptive pill as a result of the side effects she was having with it.”

She said that it provided some level of explanation but it’s not her defence or excuse as to why it happened.







Ms Hewitt said: “The police had continued to follow her, she said she just snapped and reacted in a way that she did.

“She understands that it was completely unacceptable.”

Her solicitor said Coulthard shouldn’t have lashed out and she wished for her to apologise to the officer on her behalf.

Ms Hewitt told the court in Middlesborough how Coulthard had been struggling with her mental health since the birth of her most recent child.

He added: “She would say this was something that was particularly out of character for her now. She hasn’t troubled the courts for some time.”









Deputy District Judge Jane Hamilton told Coulthard that she had taken into account the trauma she had experienced over the last couple of weeks with the deaths in her family and the situation with her eldest son.

She said: “You’re a young mum and you have a lot of responsibility in terms of caring for the four children who live at home with you.”

The judge said she has also considered the impact of the pill she was taking at the time, her mental health and the fact she had been drink on that evening.

She said: “I am going to deal with you by way of a community order – 12 months.”

Deputy District Judge Hamilton told Coulthard she would have to complete 10 rehabilitation activity requirement days.

She also ordered her to pay a £20 fine, £50 compensation to the officer, £85 court costs and a £95 victim surcharge.


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