Jailed man’s girl­friend head­but­ted neigh­bour

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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.”

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