Jailed man’s girlfriend headbutted neighbour
AWOMAN shouted ‘homophobic’ abuse in an attack after her boyfriend was jailed.
Cara Dawn Potts, 29, was upset after Nicholas Hardwick was locked up for six months for attempting to burgle a shed on their own road, a court heard.
Days later she saw Lorna Riley, the daughter of the victim of the burglary, and headbutted her, magistrates were told.
The attack left the victim with blurred vision in one eye and triggered a period of stress and depression, the court heard.
Potts, of Tynedale Close, Macclesfield, admitted assault at Macclesfield magistrates’ court and was sentenced to a 12 week curfew.
Hardwick, 39, was caught red-handed by Lorna Riley’s mother trying to break into her shed on October 2.
He admitted attempted burglary and was jailed on October 5.
Debbie Byrne, prosecuting, said: “On October 10 at 2pm Lorna Riley was at home on Tynedale Close and was talking to her mother through the open window and had been asked to return a brush.
“The defendant then appeared and was drunk, shouting and bawling.
“She said ‘so you’re going to attack me with that brush’ to which Ms Riley said ‘don’t be stupid’.
“Lorna then walked back towards her home and was followed by the defendant who shouted ‘you’re a dirty lesbian grass’.
“She then headbutted the victim to the face.
“When she was arrested she told police that her boyfriend had been jailed for burgling Miss Riley’s mother’s shed.
“She said she thought Miss Riley was going to cause her trouble.”
In a victim impact statement read out in court Lorna Riley said she had been left stressed and depressed by the incident which had left her with blurred vision in one eye weeks after the attack.
Mike Isherwood, probation officer, told the court that while the comment was homophobic the victim wasn’t targeted because of her sexual orientation.
Julian Farley, defending, said: “She has very little recollection of the incident.
“She was extremely wound up about what happened to her boyfriend. Miss Riley had a broom and [Potts] felt a threat from that.
“She is an alcoholic who until recently drank a substantial amount on a regular basis.
“Her judgement was clouded. She is currently drug and alcohol free.”