Mum, 29, kicked her former girlfriend in the head
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.