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Bipolar woman from Birchgrove fined after swearing at officers in Pontardawe

By RachelSWEP  |  Posted: January 29, 2014

A WOMAN diagnosed as bipolar told magistrates she had stopped drinking, because it messed with her medication.

Stacey Fuge, of Ffordd Scott, Birchgrove, appeared at Neath Magistrates court, where she represented herself and pleaded guilty to using threatening, abusive or insulting words or behaviour.

Lisa Jones, prosecuting, told magistrates that Fuge came to the attention of police on January 10, when they spoke to her in Pontardawe. They were trying to issue her with a moving on order, but she was telling them she was not going to leave the area.

"She started to walk away, shouting and swearing towards officers," said Mrs Jones.

"Officers tried to reason with her and told her to stop shouting and swearing."

She then continued to swear at the officers and threw her shoes towards a pub where members of the public were standing.

She was arrested and her behaviour continued in the police car.

Representing herself, 21-year-old Fuge said: "I know it’s no excuse at all for the way I behaved, it was disgusting, but I do suffer with bipolar disorder and when I drink it does not really mix well with my medication.

"I have stopped since and don’t drink anymore."

Fuge was fined £35 and ordered to pay £85 costs and a £20 victim surcharge.

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