UPDATED: Derby actress Lauren Socha handed suspended prison sentence
BAFTA winning Derby actress Lauren Socha has been given a four-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, after admitting the racially aggravated assault of a taxi driver.
She was also given a 12-month supervision order, ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work, and must pay £450 compensation to the taxi driver she abused plus £750 prosecution costs.
The 21-year-old had originally pleaded not guilty to the allegation but today, on the first day of her trial at Derby Crown Court, she changed her plea.
The incident relates to an altercation with taxi driver Sakandar Iqbal in Derby on October 1 last year.
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Socha, of Meadow Grass Close, won a Bafta for best supporting actress for her role as Kelly Bailey in the Channel 4 TV series Misfits.