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Risca woman avoids jail after assaulting paramedics

A Risca WOMAN has avoided jail for assaulting a paramedic, despite the court hearing that she has previous convictions ‘for similar offences’.

Johanne Evans, of Gardd Y Meddyg, Pontymister, pleaded guilty to one count of assault while beating a rescue worker and a second count of assault.

This follows an incident at Singleton Park in Swansea on September 25, 2021.

On this day, the Escape 2021 Music Festival was held at the park.

Evans was found to have assaulted two people, including an emergency medical technician on duty with the Welsh Ambulance Service.

Appearing at West Glamorgan Magistrates’ Court in Swansea on Thursday April 7, the 27-year-old was given a suspended prison sentence for her actions.

She was sentenced to 15 weeks in prison for the assault on the rescue worker and a concurrent 12 weeks for the second count of assault – both reduced by 18 weeks due to her guilty plea.

Both sentences were suspended for 18 months.

Although the court heard that Evans had “prior convictions for similar offences”, it was determined that she could be rehabilitated within the community.

Evans must abstain from alcohol for 120 days, complete 25 days of rehabilitation activities and 50 hours of unpaid supervised work over the next 12 months.

She was further ordered to pay £100 to each of her victims, a surcharge of £128 to fund victim services and an £85 fee to the Crown Prosecution Service.

In total, she has to pay a balance of £413.