Worthing woman escapes being jailed

A WORTHING woman suffering from Huntingdon’s disease has avoided being jailed.

Susan Morgan pleaded guilty to being drunk and disorderly in a public place, assaulting two police officers and failing to surrender at Worthing Magistrates Court on Thursday.

The court heard that the 43-year-old, formerly of Harefield Avenue, was now sleeping rough as a result of losing her accommodation.

The assault offences both took place on May 16, after Ms Morgan’s son was arrested. She kicked two police officers who arrested her.

On July 24 Ms Morgan was arrested following a disturbance at South Street, Worthing.

Police arrived to find Ms Morgan struggling to break free after being trestrained by three women.

Officers noted that they could smell alcohol and described Ms Morgan’s conduct as disorderly.

She later failed to attend court leading to a warrant issue.

The court heard that Ms Morgan had a history of drunkenness offences against officers and of drunken behaviour.

Her defence lawyer told the court that his client was on medication for Hungtindon’s diseases, which she was diagnosed with seven years ago, which affects her judgement and behaviour. He added: “This and alcohol use clearly interlinks with her offending behaviour and she accepts that she has been unreasonable.” Ms Morgan was awarded a fine, victim surcharge and costs amounting to £195, which will be taken from her benefits.