Mum, 29, kicked her for­mer girl­friend in the head

Bangor Mail - - YOUR COMMUNITY -

AMOTHER-OF-ONE wept in the dock as she watched CCTV footage of her kick­ing a for­mer girl­friend re­peat­edly in the head as she lay on the ground.

Vicky Marie Roberts ad­mit­ted a charge of as­sault. She ap­peared be­fore a judge at Caernar­fon Crown Court for sen­tence and later walked free.

The court heard the 29 year-old, of Hol­born Road, Holy­head, had en­coun­tered Zena Ali­son Griffiths in a Holy­head street dur­ing the morn­ing of Septem­ber 25 last year.

There was an ar­gu­ment dur­ing which Roberts was head­but­ted by Ms Griffiths caus­ing an in­jury to her nose.

Roberts then pushed Ms Griffiths to the ground and kicked her in the head four times.

Judge Huw Rees said he took a se­ri­ous view of any­one guilty of kick­ing an­other per­son while on the ground.

Sen­tenc­ing Roberts to a 14-week jail term sus­pended for a year, the judge said: “This was a se­ri­ous as­sault and whether or not it was a chance en­counter to kick some­one is in­de­fen­si­ble.

“To kick some­one to the head is worse be­cause you can cause se­ri­ous in­jury.

“To do so in the street in broad day- light where any­one could have seen it is dis­grace­ful.

“You should un­der­stand, at 29 years of age and the mother of a young daugh­ter, that this is not the way to be­have.”

In ad­di­tion to the sen­tence Roberts must at­tend a 35-day Think­ing Skills pro­gramme run by the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice.

A Re­strain­ing Or­der was im­posed and Roberts must not con­tact her vic­tim by any means for three years.

Ryan Roth­well, pros­e­cut­ing, said the in­ci­dent was cap­tured on CCTV and as the footage was shown in court Roberts wept in the dock.

Mr Roth­well said the in­ci­dent oc­curred just weeks af­ter Roberts was handed a com­mu­nity or­der for dam­ag­ing ve­hi­cles.

Matthew Cur­tis, de­fend­ing, said Roberts was ad­dicted to heroin but was tak­ing ad­van­tage of help be­ing of­fered by the Pro­ba­tion Ser­vice and other agen­cies to turn her life around.

He said the meet­ing be­tween Roberts and Ms Griffiths was an “un­for­tu­nate chance en­counter”.

“She ac­cepts what oc­curred was un­pleas­ant and ugly and in the cir­cum­stances the court would be right to be­lieve the cus­tody thresh­old has been crossed,” he said.

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