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Home HAMPSHIRE A Portsmouth woman – dubbed ‘the female Gary Saunders’ by her neighbours – who found herself behind bars over Christmas after she rocked up to court drunk, was back for a courtroom showdown with the same judge

A Portsmouth woman – dubbed ‘the female Gary Saunders’ by her neighbours – who found herself behind bars over Christmas after she rocked up to court drunk, was back for a courtroom showdown with the same judge

After spending more than a month locked up, menace Donna Urquhart, 43, was sober and contrite on her latest appearance at Portsmouth Crown Court on Friday.

Urquhart returned for her sentencing hearing for affray where she lashed out with a baseball bat after, she claimed, she was stabbed in the head with a meat cleaver.

In December Urquhart paid the price for her blatant drunkenness in court when Judge William Ashworth locked her up – sparking a foul-mouthed onslaught against the judge by a male friend of the defendant.

The man brazenly mocked the judge’s ‘silly wig’ and asked if he was ‘having a fucking laugh’ for locking up Urquhart.

Security, who had early confiscated a half-empty bottle of vodka from Urquhart, intervened in an attempt to quell spiralling chaos as Urquhart was taken down into custody, while her friend was ushered from the court.

On Friday, Judge Ashworth and Urquhart faced each other again.

The judge said, “I hope you appreciate why I did what I did before Christmas.

He then suggested she should be careful who she mixes with after referring to the “guy who was giving it to me”.

Judge Ashworth also stressed the importance of overcoming her alcohol demons, telling her, “You can’t parent when you are drunk.”

He then handed out an 18-month community order with an alcohol treatment requirement, 20 rehabilitation days and an electronic tag for two weeks from 6pm to 6am.

“I am giving you some slack on this but don’t mess me about,” the judge added.

Urquhart, of April Square, Landport, had been involved in a street battle on nearby St Faith’s Road on 9th April 2020, where she brandished a baseball bat.

During the incident, where Urquhart was ‘swinging the bat’, she was accused of hitting a woman with the weapon – but this was denied and not reflected in the charge.

Prosecutor Adam Squibbs said Urquhart was arrested by police following the incident and told them she had suffered a ‘large cut to the back of the head after being stabbed’.

In a statement to police, Urquhart said, “I was assaulted with a meat cleaver and had an injury to my head. I was only using reasonable force to defend myself.”

Chloe Rowsell, 22, of St Faith’s Road, was sentenced at the previous hearing in December after admitting her part in the affray.

Rowsell had been handed a 12-month community order, with 40 hours of unpaid work and an electronic tag from 7pm -7am until 1st February, at the original hearing.

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