A drunken woman was racially abusive to a taxi driver before she punched him twice in his left eye.
Marie Saffy, 49, appeared at Flintshire Magistrates’ Court Shotton, where she admitted a racially aggravated common assault and she also admitted assaulting a police officer in the execution of her duty.
District Judge Gwyn Jones imposed a 120-day prison sentence, suspended for 12 months.
Saffy was sent on an alcohol programme and an anger management programme. She must also pay £250 compensation to the taxi driver and £150 compensation to the police officer, as well as £165 prosecution costs.
Judge Jones told her she had acted in a wholly inappropriate way.
It was so serious that immediate custody was justified.
But she had admitted the offence and pleaded guilty at an early stage. She was remorseful which had enabled him to draw back from sending her to prison and instead imposing a suspended sentence.
According to the Flintshire Leader, Julie Jones, prosecuting, said the taxi driver picked up Saffy and a male companion and on the way she asked the driver to divert to a kebab shop.
The driver said that was not possible and Saffy called him a “f****** foreigner”, before further racially abusing him and adding: “You should not be in this country.”
She went on to say there were too many foreigners “in my country”.
When he turned to look at her, she punched him twice in the face.
In a victim impact statement the taxi driver said he had lived in the UK for 22 years, and is a British citizen. He felt very upset at what had happened and could not understand why anyone should make such racist comments when he was just doing his job, offering a service to the public.