A woman smuggled five types of drugs into prison and bit a shop security guard after lunging at him with a hypodermic needle.
And he now faces a six-month wait to find out whether he has Hepatitis C after being bitten by her.
Carter, 36, faced an “inevitable” prison sentence for a string of crimes at Teesside Crown Court on Tuesday.
First she was spotted handing drugs to a prisoner at Holme House Prison in Stockton on the afternoon of February 21.
The package, found down the prisoner’s trousers, included 5g of heroin, 5g of cannabis, 20g of cannabis derivative and two Class C drugs.
Carter, described as a vulnerable victim of domestic violence addicted to heroin since she was 18, said she felt in danger.
Her account – not accepted by the prosecution – was she had been given the drugs by someone she refused to name enforcing her ex-partner’s debt.
She said she was instructed to pass them on to an inmate she did not know and feared the consequences of not doing so.
She went on to attack a security guard when she was caught shoplifting on October 8, said prosecutor Rachel Masters.
She was stopped as she tried to walk out of Poundland at the Castlegate Shopping Centre in Stockton without paying for £32 worth of chocolate.
She struggled and tried to escape as she was taken to the back of the shop.
She swore at the guard and said: “If you don’t get off me I’ll stab you with my needle.”
She took out a capped hypodermic needle, lunged at his arm and groin, bit his right hand and ran off shouting at staff: “If you come and touch me I’ll stab you.”
When caught by police she said: “I bit him to get him off me because he was whacking me against the shelves.”
The officer later said the incident shook him up badly and affected his home and work life.
The possibility of catching Hepatitis C “scared the life out of me”.
He said it would take six months to find out if he was infected, had to have injections and was scared to be around his wife and children.
In a statement, he said he had encountered and expected violence in his job.
“But this has taken it up to another level and shocked me right to my core.
“I’m worried and nervous to go back to work.”
Appearing in court via video link to Low Newton Prison, Carter said she did not have Hepatitis C.
Carter, of Radnor Close, Stockton, admitted five charges of conveying prohibited articles into prison, and offences of assault causing actual bodily harm, theft and having a bladed or pointed article.
She had 55 previous offences including assault and supplying heroin.
Andrew Turton, defending, said Carter had problems including domestic violence at the hands of more than one man, emotional difficulties and the ravages of an 18-year heroin addiction.
He said it was made clear what would happen if she did not smuggle the drugs into prison.
And she claimed she assaulted the security officer because he was “ragging her about”.
Now she was seeking help in prison amid concerns for her mental health.
Judge Peter Armstrong said Carter’s account of being put under pressure by dealers was a familiar one, but her crimes were serious.
“There has to be a substantial sentence but I keep it as low as I can,” he added.
Carter was jailed for two-and-a-half years.
Source – Gazette Live