A notorious ‘ASBO Gran’ has been jailed after she attacked a manager in a McDonald’s restaurant – with a BROOM.
Josephine Eze, 63, went on a drunken rampage in January – despite being banned from entering the area.
She was caged for 12 months on Tuesday for two breaches of her five year ASBO order she was granted for similar outbursts.
Northampton Crown Court heard Eze, of no fixed abode, was well known for her nuisance behaviour and drunkenness – and was slapped with the ASBO in 2010.
The orders ban her from entering areas of Northampton town centre, forbid her from being drunk in a public place and from using abusive words or language.
However on January 4 this year she was spotted in a bus station at around 4.20pm abusing ethnic minorities waiting for their transport.
She shouted: “Why don’t you get out of this country”, before moaning about being “treated like a second class citizen”.
Nine days later she targeted terrified staff in the fast food chain – racially abusing a female manager before picking up the broom and threatening her with it.
The manager pressed a panic button before Eze hurled a charity collection box and a display case at her.
At first Eze denied making the comments but eventually pleaded guilty.
Steven Evans, defending, told the court because Eze had an ASBO neither the council or private landlords wanted to house her and she was also addicted to alcohol.
He said: “I don’t for one moment suggest that she isn’t the author of her own misfortune.”
Mr Evans applied for the ASBO to be lifted so police would not have to respond to her all the time.
Judge Richard Bray rejected the plea and instead sentenced Eze, who refused to attend the hearing, to 12 months in jail.
Sentencing her in her absence, he said: “She has an appalling record of anti-social behaviour and for breaches.
“The magistrates have tried to deal with her in every possible way but she has not responded.”
A warrant for her arrest was also issued.