THEY were in charge of a five-year-old boy – but that didn’t stop an aunt and niece from a drunken attack on a woman in a chip shop.
The shameful episode was sparked when Stacey Karen Guiheen abused a dog walker, who took her to task for throwing something which nearly hit her pet.
The chance encounter in Thorney Close spilled over into violence and saw the 27-year-old yob joined in the attack by her antisocial aunt Michelle Karen Guiheen, 42.
The booze-fuelled assault was witnessed by Guiheen junior’s young son, Sunderland magistrates heard.
The frightened victim, Allison Miller, took refuge in a fish and chip shop in Allendale Road.
But Stacey Guiheen followed her in and launched an attack, joined by aunt Michelle, who was already in the takeaway.
Magistrates heard how the pair turned on the terrified dog walker during the incident, on the evening of Tuesday, June 19.
Prosecutor Paul Anderson said: “CCTV shows it is the younger defendant that is the most aggressive, punching her to the ground, where she is kicked by both defendants.
“During this, the five-year-old male child is wandering about, getting involved in the melée.
“I think he is the younger lady’s son.”
Police were called and the victim needed treatment for a cut above her left eyebrow.
Both Guiheens claimed they were too drunk to remember what they had done.
Stacey Guiheen, of Laura Street in Hendon, saying she had drunk “a couple” of bottles of vodka.
Both admitted assault and being drunk in charge of a child.
Michelle Guiheen, of Polsworth Square, Plains Farm, also admitted assaulting a police officer, after she kicked out while she was being arrested.
Mitigating, Jason Smith said his client had stayed out of trouble since 2008 and had no previous convictions for violence.
Speaking on behalf of Stacey Guiheen, Gerry Armstrong said the court needed to hear confidential information about her that could only provided through a Probation Service Report.
Magistrates branded it a “cowardly attack” and adjourned the case for three weeks so pre-sentence reports could be prepared for both women.
They were released on unconditional bail.