Woman dragged girlfriend along floor in street row
AWOMAN dragged her girlfriend along the floor by the hair in a brutal drunken attack.
Barbara Alice Patrick, 23, launched a flurry of punches on the woman on Mill Street, Macclesfield, a court heard.
Twice the victim sought refuge in a takeaway where Patrick attacked heroic staff as they tried to protect the terrified woman.
Patrick, of Rutland Road, Macclesfield, admitted two charges of assault, during a hearing at Stockport magistrates’ court.
But the court heard that there had been ‘substantial’ violence from both sides during the relationship, which has since ended.
Robin Lynch, prosecut- ing, said: “The victim was in a relationship with the defendant, which can be described as very volatile.
“In the run up to the incident there have been many calls to police from both sides, some on subsequent days. A takeaway was about to close when the victim ran into the shop shouting ‘leave me alone’ towards the defendant.
“The defendant tried to get her out but a member of staff intervened. The victim then went outside and was pulled along the floor by her hair by the defendant. She was also punched a number of times.
“The victim then managed to run back into the takeaway and tried to hide behind the counter. The defendant attempted to get to the victim but was restrained by a member of staff. The defendant then started to punch the member of staff but he was able to block the punch. Another member of staff then got the defendant to the floor and held her there allowing the victim to escape.”
A probation service officer told the court that Patrick claimed to have been assaulted by the victim including one incident when she claims to have been bitten on the ear.
Clare Buchannan, defending Patrick, said: “The erstwhile friends went out drinking and were drunk. There has been substantial domestic violence. The relationship is over and she is hoping to move to Southampton to get away from it all. She has been estranged from her family since she was 14 and has effectively had to look after herself. Some of this is connection with her previous offending and her coming out because of her sexuality.
Magistrates described the offences as ‘nasty’ and sentenced Patrick to 80 hours unpaid work and 10 days Rehabilitation Activity.
Barbara Alice Patrick