Colburn woman who assaulted three police officers missed court due to holiday

York Crown Court.

A Colburn woman who attacked three police officers went on a fortnight’s holiday to Turkey when she should have been facing justice in court.

Kristina Hook, 33, travelled abroad when she should have been in the dock at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court.

She finally faced justice at York Crown Court today when she was sentenced for the assaults and for failing to surrender to the court.

Prosecutor Calum McNicholas said a warrant was issued by magistrates on June 12 after Hook failed to turn up in court for pre-sentence reports.

She had been found guilty in May of two counts of assaulting an emergency worker after she denied the offences. She had admitted a separate assault on a police officer before the trial.

Mr McNicholas said Hook handed herself in on June 28 after returning from a trip of Turkey.

She was remanded in custody pending sentence for three counts of assaulting police officers and failing to surrender.

The first episode of violence occurred at about midnight on October 30, 2021, when two police officers were called out to reports of an altercation at a flat in Whitcliffe Grange, Richmond.

“On arrival, officers heard shouting and banging noises, and someone leaving the property (told the officers) in passing that there was a woman kicking off in the flat,” said Mr McNicholas.

“On entering, officers saw a female shouting and screaming. She was being restrained by two other females, one of whom was Ms Hook.”

One of the officers tried to calm the situation but Hook stood up and threatened him, saying: “I’ll do you.”

The officer turned to leave, but Hook followed him, shouting: “I’m gonna kill him.”

His colleague, a special constable, tried to block Hook’s path but she pushed him into a wall and kicked him in the leg.

Hook was arrested but when she was being placed in the back of the police vehicle, she kicked the officer in the leg. No injuries were caused to either officer.

Hook was taken into custody and released under investigation, but on February 14 last year police were called out to reports of a disturbance at her home in Constantine Grove, Colburn.

On arrival, a police officer was told by a named woman that she had been assaulted at the property, at which point Hook appeared, “stumbling out of the address and attempting to speak to (the officer), albeit with slurred speech”.

“Ms Hook invited the officer into the house where her drunken behaviour continued,” said Mr McNicholas.

The other woman told the officer that Hook had punched her in the stomach but when the officer went to arrest her on suspicion of assault, Hook became “very agitated and hostile” and walked away from him.

The constable tried to calm Hook down, but she responded by kicking him in the kneecap. She was arrested again and brought in for questioning, telling officers she could barely remember the incident and that she was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder.

Her solicitor advocate Michele Turner said that Hook, who had a previous conviction for drink-driving, had problems stemming from childhood and needed help.

Recorder Taryn Turner said she took a “dim view” of people who attacked emergency workers and cited a report by the chief constable of North Yorkshire Police about the harm caused by such behaviour which had become more prevalent in recent years.

She told Hook: “(Emergency workers) are not paid to just allow people to hit them or kick them or push them about, and that’s exactly what you did.”

However, she noted that none of the officers was injured and that Hook had problems including with alcohol.

Hook was given an 18-month community order for assaulting the officers. This included a 120-day alcohol-abstinence-monitoring programme and a 25-day rehabilitation course.

Hook was given a 14-day prison sentence for failing to surrender, but she was released from custody because of the time she had already spent on remand.