Teenager headbutted woman Pc after ‘vicious’ attack outside Sunderland pub

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A WOMAN who was involved in a “vicious and cowardly” street attack headbutted a female police officer after she was arrested, a court heard.

Joely Boyes, 18, and pal Lisa Hutchinson, 19, launched a ferocious attack on Stephanie Pearson, outside the Borough pub in Sunderland city centre, on January 8.

The women, who were part of a larger group, attacked Miss Pearson after mistakenly believing she had made an insulting comment towards them.

Newcastle Crown Court heard that the pair made repeated attacks on her as she lay on the ground.

Boyes used one of her shoes to attack a male friend of Miss Pearson as he tried to intervene.

When Boyes was arrested, she kicked a male officer several times in the shin, and later headbutted a female officer when she was in the police cell.

Michael Bunch, prosecuting, said: “A group of girls had been in conversation with another group outside the Borough pub. As the group walked away, one of the girls shouted out ‘get yourself home’.

“That appears to have been overheard by the group including these defendants.

“They appeared to take exception to what was shouted, believing it was directed at them.”

The court was shown CCTV footage of the attack, which showed Boyes, dressed in a distinctive leopard-print coat, attacking Miss Pearson repeatedly.

Miss Pearson suffered bruising and a bloodshot right eye as a result of the attack.

A male officer arrived and Boyes and Hutchinson were arrested.

Mr Bunch added: “As he arrested her Boyes kicked him in the shin. She kicked him a further five times to the shin.

“On arrival to the police station, as Boyes was placed in the cell, she headbutted one of the female officers.”

Boyes, of Ross Street, Monkwearmouth, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm, assault by beating and two charges of assault on a police officer.

Hutchinson, of Akeld Mews, Roker, Sunderland, pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

Jamie Adams, defending Boyes, said she had been of previous good character but had succumbed to alcohol dependence after the breakdown of her parents’ marriage, her own relationship with her boyfriend and the death of her great-grandmother.

Mr Adams said: “She is ashamed a disgusted at the events.”

Andrew Finlay, defending Hutchinson, said it was clear she had played the lesser role in the attack.

He added: “She is absolutely horrified and ashamed about what she has done.”

Recorder Martin Bethel QC sentenced Boyes to a four-month detention, suspended for 12 months, along with a 12-month supervision period. She was also ordered to undertake 100 hours’ unpaid work.

Hutchinson was given a 12-month community order and ordered to carry out 100 hours’ unpaid work.

A third defendant, who cannot be named for legal reasons, was involved in the attack and was dealt with at youth court.

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