Woman split neighbour’s head open with metal bar

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A WOMAN split her neighbour’s head in a metal bar attack.

Kerry Barker, 28, hospitalised the 54-year-old victim in the early morning street attack last August.

Newcastle Crown Court heard a deep wound to the man’s scalp was treated with staples and he was kept in hospital overnight for observation.

Barker, of Caroline Street, Hetton, admitted unlawful wounding.

Mr Recorder Perrins adjourned the case for further investigation into the background of what happened that day.

Prosecutor Paul Rowland told the court the neighbours had been arguing over money in the build up to the attack.

Violence flared when Barker saw her rival walking along the street.

Mr Rowland said: “The defendant came out of the house with a metal bar.

“He said she ran across the road, she hit him across the heard with it and that caused him to fall to the ground.

“He was taken to hospital and it was established he had a full-thickness laceration to the head, which was closed with staples.”

The victim has since moved away from the street.

The court heard Barker has previous convictions for violence dating back more than a decade.

Caroline Goodwin, defending, said: “There clearly had been some form of history between her and the complainant.

“She clearly is someone who has a number of difficulties.”

The case will be back in court next week. Barker was granted bail in the meantime.