Kicking a police officer in the face while in A&E led to a suspended prison sentence for a Monkton teenager.

Lacey Marie Sharp, of Green Haven, pleaded guilty to assaulting an emergency worker when she appeared before Haverfordwest magistrates on Tuesday, May 7.

Prosecutor Vaughan Pritchard-Jones told the court that police were in Withybush hospital’s A&E department for an unrelated matter on April 18.

Sharp, 19, was being taken to a bed when she shouted across to one of the officers asking for a lighter, and swore when she replied that she did not smoke.

Sharp made as if to head-butt the officer and threatened her when told not to swear, but was restrained by a nurse.

She was taken to a side-room and lowered slowly to the floor, but managed to grab the officer’s leg and tried to dig her nails in to her calf.

Mr Pritchard-Jones said: “She looked as though she was trying to bite her. While lying on the floor she kicked upwards and her foot made contact with the officer’s jaw.”

Sharp made further threats when handcuffed, stating she did not care that she had kicked the officer and would do it again.

She then started to cry, saying that her head had ‘gone’ and she needed help. Sharp added that she was sorry, and only assaulted people in uniform.

Mike Kelleher, defending, said had two black eyes and severe bruising when taken to hospital, and believed her drink had been spiked.

“She has no memory of what happened in A&E, she does not remember how it all happened.”

Mr Kelleher added that Sharp was being lowered to the ground face down, and had not intentionally caught the officer when she kicked out.

“It was not deliberate. She has offered to write a letter of apology to the officer.”

Magistrates imposed a 12-week prison sentence, suspended for 12 months, with 150 hours of unpaid work and a 6pm to 8am four-month curfew.

She was ordered to pay £75 compensation to the officer, a £115 surcharge and £85 costs.