The niece of a top judge who has twice been convicted of assaulting police pleaded guilty yesterday to a third such assault, asking the court to spare her a jail term as it had on the past two occasions. Amina Mariam Bokhary, 34, pleaded guilty to careless driving, assaulting a police officer and failing to take a breath test. The prosecution offered no evidence on another count of assaulting a second police officer, which she denied. Magistrate Anthony Yuen Wai-ming adjourned sentencing to August 2, pending a probation officer's report, and freed her on bail. A lawyer for Bokhary, who is a British national and niece of Court of Final Appeal judge Mr Justice Kemal Bokhary, sought leniency, saying she suffered from bipolar disorder and had been concussed in a car crash shortly before the assault. Bokhary was spared a jail term twice after assaulting police officers in 2002 and 2008. The court heard that on January 27, Bokhary - who was driving a car on an uphill lane in Stubbs Road, Happy Valley - suddenly veered into the downhill lane and collided head-on with a coach. Both vehicles were seriously damaged. Bokhary appeared to have consumed alcohol. She became emotional and attempted to leave the scene. A policeman warned her not to leave and tried to stop her. Bokhary then slapped the officer's face. She was arrested and taken to the Happy Valley police station where she again refused a breath test. She was then taken to Wan Chai police station. The court heard that the policeman attacked by Bokhary suffered blurred vision, a swollen face and redness on his ear. He was admitted to hospital and granted a day's sick leave. Barrister Peter Duncan SC said Bokhary was deeply ashamed and remorseful for her acts and wanted to make a public apology to those affected by the incident. Duncan said Bokhary developed bipolar disorder in 2007 after not being able find peace or satisfaction in her personal and professional life when she returned to Hong Kong from Britain. He said she had resorted to alcohol consumption to relieve symptoms of her mental illness as her medication was not effective. Duncan said Bokhary committed the assault because she was under the influence of both alcohol and concussion from the crash. Duncan submitted a medical report from a neurologist who treated Bokhary soon after the crash to support the claim that she might have become confused, agitated, violent and aggressive because of her head injury. He said Bokhary slapped the officer in 'reaction' after the constable blocked her way when she tried to leave. He stressed that Bokhary did not punch the officer. In December 2008, Bokhary was sentenced to the maximum 240 hours of community service and fined HK$1,000 for assaulting a policewoman and a taxi driver. She had in July that year thrown her credit card in the face of the taxi driver after he refused to take it for a HK$17.80 fare. She kicked him in the leg and later struck a police officer, causing minor injuries. In 2002, she was fined HK$9,000 for assaulting a policeman and damaging a spotlight outside a bar in Central after she became angry following an argument with her boyfriend in June 2001.