Woman left in vegetative state after attack over £40

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A WOMAN caused “catastrophic” brain injuries to her long-term friend during a row over £40.

Joanne Johnson caused a devastating brain haemorrhage when she pushed Adele

Murray during a confrontation at her home in January last year.

Miss Murray was left in a vegetative state as a result of her injury.

At Newcastle Crown Court yesterday Johnson, 46, of Barmston Way, Barmston, Washington, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm.

Her barrister Tony Davis told the court: “These women were friends for many, many years.”

Mr Davis said the “heated row” was sparked over £40.

He said: “There were tragic consequences in her decision to confront Adele Murray about that.

“She, Miss Johnson, is obviously bitterly, bitterly remorseful about the consequences of her action.

“She did acknowledge very quickly in police interview that she had pushed her friend.”

Judge Penny Moreland adjourned the case until later this month and Johnson was granted conditional bail in the meantime.

The judge warned her: “You shouldn’t draw anything from the fact that I am directing a report and granting you bail.

“All sentences remain open, including immediate custody.”

Prosecutors will produce a statement in relation to Miss Murray’s current medical condition in time for the next hearing.

No further details of Miss Murray’s medical condition were given in court.