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Woman who dragged neighbour to the ground while threatening to 'do in' another pleads guilty to ‘nutting’ cop

Neighbour from hell Danielle Reid appeared at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court last week via videolink from Hydebank Prison.

Danielle Reid pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer

Steven Moore

A GOBBY thug who dragged a neighbour to the ground while threatening to “do in” another has now pleaded guilty to ‘nutting’ a cop — but walked free the same day.

Neighbour from hell Danielle Reid appeared at Ballymena Magistrates’ Court on Wednesday via videolink from Hydebank Prison where she has been since April.

Reid, originally from the Shankill, pleaded guilty to assaulting a police officer and also of being disorderly in Broughshane on the same date on April 3 this year.

A judge handed her a three-month suspended sentence despite the court being told she was in breach of a previous suspended sentence.

And having served time, the judge told Reid, of Ballyeaston Road, Ballyclare she could be released immediately.

The court address for Reid was Cidercourt Road in Crumlin but when we went there we were told she had left the area after her windows had been put in several months ago.

Neighbours reported how there had been a series of domestic incidents at the address and at one point Reid was said to have been injured herself and was limping down the street.

Earlier this month the 36-year-old, who has a history of drunken violence, was handed two years’ probation for a series of shocking incidents at a previous address.

Reid went berserk when neighbours complained about noise caused by her constant late-night parties.

The thug pulled one woman by the hair to the ground before warning to “do in” a second neighbour.

Reid also called another resident a “touting PSNI b******” and warned her windows would be put in after police were called to reports of her shouting in the street.

In one of three separate incidents, officers looking for the 36-year-old discovered her under a bed.

Reid, of Ballyeaston Road in Ballyclare, was convicted of common assault, disorderly behaviour and threats to damage property.

Belfast Magistrates Court heard she was verbally abusive on September 2, 2018 when a next door

neighbour banged the walls in a bid to get her to be quiet.

Prosecutors said a confrontation led to Reid

grabbing the other woman by the hair and trailing her to the ground.

Officers seeking the defendant for separate matters returned to the address on December 20, 2019.

Reid was located under a bed upstairs and taken outside, where she started shouting in the street.

“When a neighbour asked her to be quiet she said ‘I’m going to do you in’ and swore at her,” a Crown lawyer submitted.

The court was told Reid targeted another neighbour after police were called out again to another domestic incident on June 26 last year.

“She was shouting all over the street ‘you touting PSNI b******, your windows won’t be there in the morning’,” the prosecutor added.

Defence counsel Lara Smyth accepted: “These are unsavoury matters.”

But setting out her client’s alcohol and mental health issues, the barrister stressed she has already served 18 weeks in custody on remand.

Based on recommendations in a pre-sentence report, District Judge Peter Prenter imposed two years’ probation.

He warned Reid: “If this doesn’t work... the likelihood will be imprisonment.”

Reid was on remand for the attack on the police officer which she appeared for this week.

During Wednesday’s hearing the court was told police received a 999 call to attend the Racavan Road area.

When police went to the property, they found Reid hiding in the roof space and when officers proceeded to remove her from the property she headbutted one and continued to resist arrest by shouting and swearing.

The court was told that having seen police footage of the shocking incident her partner had relayed to her defence team that she would be pleading guilty to all charges.

The judge said the incident was worthy of a custodial sentence but that she would hand her a three month sentence but suspend it for one year, adding: “She knows now to stay out of trouble”.


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