Woman attacked on Sunderland Metro bridge after alleged cat stabbing

Stadium of Light Metro Station.
Stadium of Light Metro Station.

A woman was brutally beaten on a Sunderland footbridge by a woman claiming she had stabbed her cat.

Denise O’Neil, 22, set upon the victim at the Stadium of Light Metro station on March 30, Sunderland magistrates heard.

The defendant admitted the assault, stating this was due to an incident a few weeks ago, when she alleged the injured party has stabbed the defendant’s cat

Paul Doney, prosecuting.

Prosecutor Paul Doney said the attack happened as she was crossing the green bridge that goes across the track with her partner, between 8.30pm and 9pm.

Mr Doney said: “The injured party has seen her coming towards her in a very aggressive manner. The defendant then punched her twice.

“The injured party pushed past the defendant and began to walk off towards the housing estate.

“She noticed the defendant was following her and O’Neil threw a punch at her again. As she was walking away she continued to punch her over the head shouting: ‘why did you stab my cat?’.”

The victim suffered redness and bruising to her eye.

“The defendant admitted the assault, stating this was due to an incident a few weeks ago, when she alleged the injured party has stabbed the defendant’s cat,” Mr Doney added.

The victim said in a statement: “The incident is one of a few that has gone on. It’s left me a nervous wreck. I don’t feel safe in my own home. I hope this is the end of the matter and Denise now leaves me alone.”

O’Neil, of Canon Cockin Street, Hendon, admitted assault. Gerry Armstrong, defending, said: “This was a fall-out between two neighbours who had been good friends for some time.”

O’Neil was given a one-year conditional discharge, with £50 compensation, £85 costs and £15 victim surcharge.