Drunk Sunderland woman threw hot cooking oil on nephew in rage

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A WOMAN has admitted throwing hot cooking oil at her teenage nephew during a row.

Ryan Graham, 18, spent two weeks in hospital with burns to his arms, chest and feet after the attack on October 19 last year.

At Newcastle Crown Court, his aunt Serena Burrell – of Ancona Street, Pallion, Sunderland – admitted a charge of assault causing bodily harm.

Prosecutor Gavin Doig told the court: “He was discharged from hospital on November 4. He was detained for approximately a fortnight.

“By the time of his discharge the injuries had resolved.”

Burrell was due to be tried by a jury for causing grievous bodily harm, but the charge was dropped after she entered a guilty plea to the lesser offence.

The 41-year-old’s admission of assault was entered on a specific basis.

Mr Doig said: “An argument started and during the course of this she accepts she momentarily lost control, throwing a pan in the direction of the complainant.

“Due to the state of her intoxication she did not foresee the likely consequences of the act, that he would be struck with the oil.”

Bob Spragg, mitigating, said Burrell sought help with her problems after the incident.

Judge John Milford adjourned sentence until next week.

He ordered the preparation of a pre-sentence report by a probation officer.

The judge granted Burrell conditional bail in the meantime.

But he warned her: “That does not indicate what the final outcome will be.”