Mum gets time off curfew for holiday in Spain after attacking police officer

A woman who attacked a police officer has been granted time off her curfew so she can enjoy a sun-filled trip to Spain.

Louise Whelan is currently awaiting sentencing for assaulting a detention officer during the first national lockdown.

The 31-year-old has a string of previous convictions, including breaching lockdown rules to go to McDonalds to “look for fit fellas”.

The mum from Poulton, Merseyside, was also involved in a vile homophobic attack with her two sisters.

The Liverpool Echo report that Whelan was charged with using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause distress after an incident on Rankin Street on March 31 last year.

She was also charged with two counts of common assault of an emergency worker – one of a police officer and another of a detention officer at Wirral Custody suite following her arrest.

After initially pleading not guilty to the charges, a trial date was set for today at South Sefton Magistrates Court, with several police officers in attendance to give evidence.

Whelan was brought up from the cells after being arrested on a warrant issued when she failed to attend court yesterday, September 6, on charges of stealing a £4.99 stool from the B&M store in Bromborough in December last year, for which she was found guilty in her absence.

The court heart how Whelan’s conviction yesterday meant she was also in breach of a previous suspended sentence handed out in the past, which she received for threatening behaviour.

The mum-of-two had previously avoided a prison sentence in July 2019 because of her children, and received a 15 month suspended sentence after being found guilty at Liverpool Crown Court of hurling homophobic insults and threatening a man during a vile incident in Birkenhead alongside two sisters, one of whom was wielding a hammer.

In June this year, Whelan was found in breach of the suspended sentence after being caught shoplifting three times from the ASDA store in Grange Road, Birkenhead on October 24, 2020 with an accomplice before making off in her Mercedes.

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She also walked free on that occasion due to her children, with the judge handing her three months in jail, suspended for 12 months, a ‘Thinking Skills Programme’, and 10-day Rehabilitation Activity Requirement.

Also in June 2021, Whelan was fined £2,000 for breaching lockdown rules to travel 30 minutes to McDonalds to “find fit fellas” after being pulled over by police in her Mercedes in November last year.

Today, Whelan pleaded guilty to one charge of assaulting a detention officer at Wirral custody suite as well as of using threatening or abusive words or behaviour likely to cause distress on March 31 last year, with the charge of assaulting a police officer, Constable Jones, withdrawn by the prosecutor and incorporated into the Section 5 threatening behaviour charge.

Magistrates accepted Whelan’s pleas and committed her to Liverpool Crown Court for sentencing on October 5.

The prosecutor applied for conditional bail, including a curfew between 7pm and 7am with electronic monitoring, however Whelan’s solicitor Paul Davidson objected to the bail conditions.

He told the court she had a “pre-booked holiday to Spain” to attend a friend’s wedding and asked for her curfew to be suspended for four days while she enjoyed the celebrations.

Magistrates agreed to the request and imposed conditional bail, with Whelan’s solicitor also requesting a pre sentence report be prepared before her sentencing, warning Whelan “any breaches and you will be taken into custody.”

Whelan will be sentenced on October 5.