Sunderland mum rubbed broken glass into love rival’s face

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A MUM smashed a window in a love rival’s car then rubbed the broken glass into her face.

Lesley Towers blocked the path of Kay Latham’s car with her own vehicle before punching her up to 20 times as she sat in the driver’s seat and bit her on the face during the attack.

Newcastle Crown Court heard the victim was left with a bite mark to her forehead, scratches and grazes to her face, a black eye and perforated ear drum.

Prosecutor Michael Bunch told the court the women had both been in relationships with the same man.

It was on December 16 last year that Towers, who was dressed in pyjamas and flip flops, brought her car to a halt across the road in front of Miss Latham’s vehicle, forcing her to stop.

The 27-year-old smashed the driver’s side window before launching the assault as Miss Latham sat cowering at the wheel.

Mr Bunch said: “She grabbed her by the hair, she pulled at her, pulling her towards the door.

“The defendant punched her to the face through the broken window of the vehicle. Miss Latham estimates it happened on multiple occasions, she said 15 to 20 times. During the course of the assault, the defendant also bit Miss Latham to the face and used some of the broken glass from the driver’s window to rub into the face of the complain-
ant.”

Alec Burns, defending, said Towers had been in a relationship for six years when her partner started having “an affair” with Miss Latham.

Mr Burns said: “She knew about that and he returned to her the day before, saying the affair was over.

“When she awoke he had left not only her, but her house.

“She tried to get in touch with him and he was at the house of the other woman.”

Mr Burns said the man smashed the window of her car during an initial confrontation before she drove off and saw Miss Latham.

Towers, of Coldstream Avenue, Southwick, admitted criminal damage, assault and careless driving.

Judge Simon Hickey told her: “You were annoyed he had set up a short-term relationship with the complainant in this case.

“You deliberately drove across her path and deliberately broke a window to get at that woman.”

Towers was sentenced to 36 weeks’ imprisonment, suspended for 18 months, with supervision and a 12-month driving ban.

The judge said sending Towers straight to jail would punish her two children.