A woman jailed for a catalogue of drunken offences against emergency workers has been back in court to be sentenced for a racially aggravated assault on a Bradford police officer.

Bridget Mtola was locked up for 22 months at Bradford Crown Court on September 28 after pleading guilty to a string of assaults and threats on a security guard, hospital staff and police officers, between November last year and May.

A five-year Criminal Behaviour Order made at that hearing bans her from Bradford city centre.

Mtola, 30, formerly of Cliffe Terrace, Shipley, was sentenced on a video link to HMP New Hall after pleading guilty to three offences involving the same police officer.

She admitted racially aggravated common assault, common assault on an emergency worker and racially aggravated threatening behaviour, all committed on March 21.

Prosecutor Paul Nicholson said the officer was called to Centenary Square in Bradford where a large crowd of youths had gathered.

Mtola was present but too drunk to stand and he decided to give her a lift home because he feared she would be vulnerable in that state.

Once in the police van she called him a son of a bitch and lunged at him several times.

She was arrested and taken to Bradford Royal Infirmary where she launched a tirade of racist abuse at the officer who was left “horrified and appalled,” Mr Nicholson said.

The court heard that the police constable couldn’t understand why she was abusing him like that when they were both black.

She then punched him in the face while still insulting him.

Mtola’s barrister, Camille Morland, urged the court not to extend the sentence she was already serving. She was due to be released on March 23 next year but had been asked to show cause why she should not be deported back to South Africa.

Miss Morland conceded that Mtola’s criminal record of six previous convictions for 17 similar offences was appalling. But when sober she was “humble, polite and perceptive.”

In September, Mtola was dealt with for seven separate committals for sentence covering a range of offences from threatening behaviour to shop theft, being drunk and disorderly, and assaulting and/or insulting a doctor, nurses, police officers and a security guard.

She had punched two nurses to the back of the head, punched a doctor in the face and kicked a paramedic in the stomach.

This week, Recorder Ashley Serr jailed her for four months to run concurrently with the 22 months she is serving.