Woman ‘ragged’ love rival along the ground by hair in ugly street attack

A girl “ragged” her love rival up and down the road in a “prolonged and persistent” assault.

Liverpool Crown Court docket was proven stunning video footage of the incident which occurred within the early hours of the morning in St Helens on January 15 this yr.

Rebecca Chisnall, 23, of Newton Street, Parr in St Helens, appeared in court docket for sentencing after she pleaded responsible to assault occasioning precise bodily hurt. The court docket heard the background to the case was long-standing animosity between her and the sufferer, mum-of-two Rebecca McGrath.

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Each girls had been in a relationship with the identical man, who had had two youngsters with Miss McGrath. On the time of the assault he was with Chisnall, who falsely accused Miss McGrath of not permitting him to “see his kids.”

Chris Taylor, prosecuting, stated the sufferer had been “out and about” in St Helens city centre on the evening in query when the pair first clashed, which resulted within the sufferer being thrown out of a bar.

They subsequent got here collectively within the early hours of the next morning close to a taxi rank, when Chisnall grabbed and dragged Miss McGrath to the ground. She then drags her throughout the bottom by her hair and continues the assault when the sufferer tried to get to her toes.

Mr Taylor stated: “She (Chisnall) carried on kicking and punching the victim despite being asked to stop. The incident lasted for five minutes and left the victim with a broken nose and two black eyes, along with facial bruising and swelling.”

The court docket was instructed Chisnall has two earlier convictions for assault, and was 9 months right into a earlier neighborhood order when the newest offence occurred.

In a sufferer private assertion, Miss McGrath stated she suffered flashbacks to the incident and was on remedy to assist her cope with the trauma.

Michael Hegarty, defending, stated Chisnall “appreciates the seriousness of the position she faces today.”

He added: “The background to this case is tortuous, but the defendant’s partner has also been in a relationship with the victim, and at the time he was the partner of the defendant. Subsequent to this he returned to the victim.”

Mr Hegarty stated that Chisnall had had “a troubled life” and suffered psychological well being difficulties, and had additionally lately misplaced her grandmother. He added: “Alcohol played a part in this offence. Her dad continues to offer his support to his daughter and she’s resolute in trying to turn her life around.”

Decide Brian Cummings, QC, stated: “The circumstances of the assault were caught on camera. Once the defendant gets started, it goes on and on and it’s very ugly.

“The bodily harm is severe, as are the psychological penalties. The offence occurred inebriated, in a public road within the early hours of the morning. This forces me to the conclusion that solely instant imprisonment is suitable. You merely can not do what you might be proven doing within the footage.”

He jailed Chisnall for 16 months, of which she will serve half before being released on licence.

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