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ST ALBANS SPITTER: Woman given mental health order after assaulting colleagues

 Published on: 31st August 2022   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

An autistic woman who assaulted two police officers, a special constable and two members of staff at her address in St Albans was today (August 31) given a mental health order.

Miriam Wershof, 27, scratched the hand of one worker at Oster House in Lavender Crescent and spat at her.

The next day, June 24 last year, when she attacked another member of staff, the police were called.

Two police officers and a special constable were assaulted as they detained her, with the special constable receiving scratches, said prosecutor Douglas Page.

Ms Wershof of Oster House East, Lavender Crescent, St Albans appeared for sentence at Luton crown court having earlier pleaded guilty to three charges of assault on an emergency worker and two of assault by beating.

Defending, Anthony Abell said reports from doctors indicated that the best way forward for Ms Wershof was an order under the Mental Health Act. He said she and her mother had visited Richmond House, the unit that is proposed to accommodate her.

Judge Michael Simon said: “The proper sentence is to impose a Section 37 Mental Health Act Order. She requires specialist and experienced input specifically for her particular difficulties.

“The court hopes it will achieve the avoidance of incidents like this. She will be in an appropriate and supportive placement and will receive support that will help her move on.”

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