Katie Price to face trial accused of shouting abuse outside school

Update 1.30pm: Katie Price will stand trial after denying using abusive and threatening behaviour outside a school in a row with her ex-partner’s girlfriend.

The former glamour model said she was “definitely not guilty” when she appeared at Crawley Magistrates’ Court this morning.

The 40-year-old, who lives in Dial Post near Horsham, West Sussex, is facing two charges of using threatening and abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress in the nearby village of Shipley on September 6 last year.

Prosecutor Georgina Kent told the court Price is accused of a verbal altercation with Michelle Pentecost – who is now dating her estranged husband Kieran Hayler – and another woman in the playground of a primary school.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Price, right, clutched her phone before and during the court appearance (Steve Parsons/PA)</figcaption>
Price, right, clutched her phone before and during the court appearance (Steve Parsons/PA)

The alleged offence is said to have been witnessed by two teachers.

Standing in the dock holding her phone, Price was asked to enter her plea and said: “Definitely not guilty.”

She was released on bail until she stands trial at Horsham Magistrates’ Court on June 3, where she is due to give evidence alongside Miss Pentecost.

When reminded by chairman of the bench Serena Stewart of the importance of attending the court date, Price replied: “I will definitely be attending, don’t worry about that.”

This is the third time this year Price has been in court.

Her latest appearance comes a day after her boyfriend Kris Boyson attended a separate court hearing in Kent accused of threatening a police officer after a row with a paparazzo.

Price arrived in a blacked-out Mercedes van accompanied by a camera crew, wearing a fur-trimmed coat, a black Cossack-style hat, sunglasses and trousers with ankle boots.

While being escorted to the doors of the building by two women and a chauffeur, she joked with photographers that they “must be getting bored” of her.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Price wore large sunglasses for her arrival at court (Steve Parsons/PA)</figcaption>
Price wore large sunglasses for her arrival at court (Steve Parsons/PA)

She removed the hat for the court hearing and when entering the room, asked the usher: “Am I back in that box?” as she pointed to the dock.

Price failed to turn up to court over the allegations while on holiday last week, and was criticised by District Judge Amanda Kelly, who said she apparently had something “more important” to do, adding: “This shows a lack of respect for the whole court system.”

She did not turn up to police interviews about the matter and was sent a postal requisition on February 7 informing her of the need to attend the hearing, the judge was told.

So far this year she has been ordered to pay more than £3,000 (€3,500) in court costs and fines.

Last month she was given another driving ban after being convicted of being nearly twice the limit while in charge of her pink Range Rover and told to pay £2,425 (€2,835) – including a £1,500 (€1,754) fine.

<figcaption class='imgFCap'>Price’s boyfriend Kris Boyson had appeared in court on Tuesday (Gareth Fuller/PA)</figcaption>
Price’s boyfriend Kris Boyson had appeared in court on Tuesday (Gareth Fuller/PA)

In a separate prosecution in January, she was banned after admitting driving while disqualified and ordered to pay a £1,100 (€1,300) fine plus court costs.

Boyson denied a charge of using threatening, abusive, insulting words or behaviour with intent to cause fear of or provoke unlawful violence near his Gravesend home when he appeared at Medway Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday.

The allegation came a day after Price was arrested by police who found her slumped in a drunken state in the back of her pink Range Rover.

The 30-year-old will stand trial at the same court in May.

- Press Association

Katie Price due in court to face charges of shouting abuse at school

Earlier: Katie Price is due to appear in court in England accused of shouting abuse outside a school.

The former glamour model, 40, is facing two charges of using threatening and abusive words or behaviour likely to cause harassment, alarm or distress in the West Sussex village of Shipley on September 6 last year.

Sussex Police said there had been a verbal altercation outside a primary school.

Price was criticised by a judge last week after she failed to attend a hearing at Crawley Magistrates’ Court because she was out of the country.

District Judge Amanda Kelly adjourned the case until Wednesday after saying Price had shown “a lack of respect for the whole court system”.

It is the third court case Price, who lives in Dial Post near Horsham in England, has faced this year.

Last month, she was given another driving ban after being convicted of being nearly twice the limit while in charge of her pink Range Rover.

In January, she was banned after admitting driving while disqualified. She was also ordered to pay fines for the unrelated offences.

- Press Association

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