A woman launched a ‘protracted attack’ on two Metropolitan Police officers after they tried to stop her from attending an illegal rave. Natasha Agyekum, 26, had left “several marks on her arm and several marks on her neck” after being carried away on June 25, 2020.
Appearing at Inner London Crown Court today, the court heard that at the height of the pandemic, Agyekum attempted to attend a music event in Brixton. Prosecutor Andrew Dowden said: ‘Officers had cordoned off an estate an unlicensed musical event was occurring. PC Parks recognized the defendant as someone who had unsuccessfully tried to enter the cordon earlier and told officers he was a racist.
After being asked for ID and denied entry, she became violent and attempted to pass PC Parks. She punched him in the face and continued to punch him as he tried to place his hands on her arms. During the assault, the officer’s shirt was torn and he suffered neck and arm injuries.
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A second female officer, PC Joanna Nowakowska, became involved after she became concerned about the defendant’s modesty as his clothes had become loose. As she tried to help her, Agyekum shouted “you’re not going to touch me” and kicked her in the leg and groin area.
Around 400 people had attended the illegal street party on Overton Road, with 27 police officers injured after the crowd turned hostile. Footage shared on social media at the time showed smashed police vehicles and officers being targeted with bottles.
Agyekum, from Brixton, was arrested and pleaded guilty to kicking a police officer at Croydon Magistrates Court. She initially denied the other charges, but changed her pleas ahead of a trial.
In his sentencing remarks, Judge Michael Wood QC told him: This event takes us back, it was right at the start of the pandemic which is still sadly with us. Everyone was tense, no one really knew where the pandemic was going and the police had much better things to do than argue with you.
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While he acknowledged it was a “momentary loss of anger”, he warned it was “pretty bad behaviour” which could have resulted in a custodial sentence. Telling her to think before acting in the future, he sentenced her to a 12-month community order with a supervision requirement and a 10-day rehabilitation requirement.