Woman squirted bleach at petrol station worker because cash point was broken

A drug-fuelled attacker hurled bleach at a petrol station worker after being told the cash machine wasn’t working.

Samantha Bacon, 38, fortunately only hit the back of the terrified bloke’s jacket with the “jet of liquid”.

She later tried to smuggle cocaine hidden inside a box of Maltesers into a mental health hospital, TeessideLive reports.

Bacon has now been jailed for two years and 10 months after admitting a string of charges.

Teesside Crown Court heard she entered Eston Service Station in Whale Hill, Middlesbrough on March 9 2019.

She headed for the cash point but a staff member told her it wasn’t working, prosecutor Jon Harley said.

Bacon replied: “F*** off you’re lying.”

She fetched a bottle of bleach from a man outside and proceeded to "squirt a jet of liquid" at the terrified worker.

Bacon gave a no comment interview when arrested by the police.

Then on April 19 last year, Bacon attended Roseberry Park, a mental health hospital in Middlesbrough.

She handed a box of Maltesers to staff, asking it be given to a patient.

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But investigations found the box contained three plastic wraps of cocaine.

The court heard Bacon has 34 previous convictions for 71 offences.

Nicci Horton, defending, said Bacon had been "coerced" into trying to sneak the drugs to a man in Roseberry Park.

She "didn't stand to make any money out of that”, the court heard.

Concerning the petrol station attack, she said the man outside had a bottle of bleach to "rock the crack".

She said Bacon was "heavily under the influence of drugs at the time" and threw the liquid in the "spur of the moment".

Ms Horton added: “Clearly the intention was to frighten rather than cause injury.”

She said Bacon has been subject to harassment, including fireworks put through her letterbox.

Bacon, of Grangetown, Middlesbrough, admitted attempting to inflict actual bodily harm, possession of an offensive weapon, namely a bottle of bleach.

She also pleaded guilty to possession with intent to supply a drug.

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