Head punch left woman in bush

Preston Crown Court

Preston Crown Court

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A woman who carried out a street attack on another woman she knew knocked her into bushes by the force of a single punch.

Sally Haywood threatened to use violence each time she saw the woman in the future.

When the other woman ran away, Haywood shouted after her: “We were friends. You got away lightly there.”

Haywood, 37, of Scorton Avenue, Blackpool, was given six months supervision and a three months curfew, to operate from 8pm-8am each night.

Haywood appeared for sentencing at Preston Crown Court for an offence of assault occasioning actual bodily harm she had admitted.

Brett Gerrity, prosecuting, said it was early afternoon on May 30 this year when the woman was walking on Enfield, Blackpool, at the junction of Fielding Road.

She saw Haywood approaching. The females knew each other. The defendant was with a man.

The woman said ‘hello’, but Haywood became verbally abusive and punched her on the head, the force of the blow knocking her into some bushes.

Haywood then grabbed her by the hair, screaming at her victim that she would use violence every time she saw her.

Another punch was thrown and the man intervened.

The victim ran off, with the defendant shouting “We were friends. You got away lightly there”.

The injured woman had a small bump to her forehead, a small lump above the left eye and a sore nose.

When arrested next day the defendant claimed the allegation had been made against her because she herself had stolen a “punter” from the other woman.

Ciaran Rankin, defending, said Haywood had an appalling record, but seemed to have done well on a suspended sentence.

Judge Anthony Russell QC told Haywood as he passed sentence: “It may well be we have not really got to the precise truth of what happened.

“It seems that in the context of some altercation you assaulted somebody you knew.

“The circumstances seem to have been very undignified”.

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