Woman beat up couple clubbers after girl started singing outside Sunderland nightspot

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A MAN and woman were savagely attacked in an unprovoked attack as they walked to a taxi rank at the end of a night out in Sunderland city centre.

Lewis Duell and Briony Campbell were set upon by drunk mum-of-one Nicola Brown, 27, as they made their way along Holmeside at 3am on May 27.

Sunderland magistrates heard how the pair had just left Passion nightclub when Miss Campbell started singing.

Prosecutor Paul Doney said she heard tell her to shut up and turned around to see Brown.

Mr Duell told Brown there was no need for the abuse but was attacked.

Brown grabbed his head and hair, throwing Mr Duell to the ground.

He curled up on the ground to protect himself, but Brown kept hitting him about the head.

As Brown, of Arundel Road, Farringdon, got up and walked away, Miss Campbell told her that “you can’t be doing that to people”, the court heard.

“The defendant grabbed her by the hair and punched her twice in the face,” Mr Doney said.

“Mr Duell then walked up to some police officers and pointed the defendant out to them and she was arrested.”

Mr Duell suffered cuts and bruising to the right side of his face and a chipped tooth, while Miss Campbell was left in pain with extensive bruising around her eye.

“I’m annoyed about the incident,” she said in a victim statement.

“I was in the wrong place at the wrong time.”

Brown, who has no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to two counts of assault.

Brian Chapman said Brown, who has a 19-month-old child, had recently suffered two bereavements.

District Judge Roger Elsey said: “I accept that at the time you committed these offences you were in a poor emotional state having recently lost both your mother and your partner.

“I also give you credit for your plea of guilty and the fact that hitherto you have been a person of good character.

“Nevertheless, there has to be a punishment, because this was drunken late-night violence in the city centre and that always attracts a punishment.”

Brown was sentenced to a 12-month community order with supervision, and a four-month 8pm to 8am curfew.

She was ordered to pay £100 compensations to each victim and £50 costs.