Woman dragged girl­friend along floor in street row

Macclesfield Express - - FRONT PAGE - STUART GREER

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

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