Mother attacks mother over child bullying allegations

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A MUM attacked a fellow parent over fears her daughter was being bullied by the victim’s child.

Amanda Tucker assaulted the woman in her own home in front of her children and caused ‘substantial’ injuries Sunderland magistrates were told.

The 34-year-old, of Broadmayne Avenue, High Barnes, denied attacking the victim and giving her a black eye on February 6, but was found guilty after a trial.

The facts of the attack were not outlined by the prosecution, as the sentencing bench was already aware of the circumstances.

John Griffiths, mitigating, told magistrates, said: “Mrs Tucker is of previous good character. She is a full-time mother attending to her two children. She regrets going round to the house.

“Her daughter had been bullied for a number of months and having seen reports of children committing suicide, as her mother committed suicide, she was concerned for her daughter. It was out of concern for her daughter that she went round to the house.”

Mr Griffiths added that Tucker is also the carer of an 89-year-old relative and said her depression had become more severe after the attack.

Tucker was handed a six-week prison sentence, suspended for a year.

Chairman of the bench Mr J Armstrong told her: “You appear in court having been found guilty of common assault. We have listened very carefully to what has been said on your behalf by your solicitor and we are of the opinion that the custody threshold has been passed.

“We do this due to the location that the incident took place. There were children present and your actions were premeditated, you made several inquiries on the address.

“We have seen the pictures of the injuries and we think the injuries are quite substantial.”

As well as the suspended prison sentence, Tucker was also ordered to carry out 120 hours of unpaid work and pay £650 costs, £500 compensation and £80 victim surcharge.