A woman launched a “prolonged attack” against two Metropolitan Police officers after they attempted to stop her from attending an illegal rave. Natasha Agyekum, 26, had left “a number of marks to the arm and a number of marks to the neck” after she lost her temper on June 25, 2020.
Appearing today at Inner London Crown Court, the court heard that during the height of the pandemic, Agyekum had attempted to attend a music event in Brixton. Prosecutor Andrew Dowden said: “Officers had been manning a cordon on an estate, an unlicensed music event was occurring. PC Parks recognised the defendant as someone who had tried to unsuccessfully enter the cordon earlier and was telling officers they were racist.”
After being asked for ID and refused entry, she became violent and attempted to push past PC Parks. She punched him in the face and continued to hit him as he attempted to place his hands on her arms. During the assault, the officer’s shirt was ripped and he received injuries to his neck and arm.
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A second female officer, PC Joanna Nowakowska, became involved after she became concerned for the defendant’s modesty as her clothing had become loose. As she attempted to help her, Agyekum shouted “you’re not f***ing touching me” and kicked her in the leg and groin area.
An estimated 400 people had attended the illegal street party on Overton Road, with 27 police officers receiving injuries after the crowd became hostile. Footage that was shared on social media at the time showed police vehicles being smashed and officers targeted with bottles.
Agyekum, from Brixton, was arrested and pleaded guilty to kicking a police officer at Croydon Magistrates Court. She had originally denied the other charges but changed her pleas ahead of a trial.
In his sentencing remarks, Judge Michael Wood QC told her: This event takes us back, that was right at the beginning of the pandemic which is still unfortunately with us. Everybody was tense, nobody really knew where the pandemic was going on and the police had far better things to do than arguing barging with you.”
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Whilst he accepted it was a “momentary loss of temper”, he warned it was “pretty bad behaviour” that could have resulted in a custodial sentence. Telling her to think before acting in future, he sentenced her to a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement and a 10-day rehabilitation requirement.