Seaton assault victim was kicked in the head

PUBLISHED: 07:25 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:52 15 June 2010

A SEATON woman who told police she did not regret attacking a local woman has been given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for one year.

A SEATON woman who told police she did not regret attacking a local woman has been given an eight-week prison sentence suspended for one year.Carol Evans, 44, of Harbour Road, was ordered to pay compensation of £150 to Rita Fancy, after assaulting her outside the Famous Old George on November 30 last year.The court heard a confrontation took place inside the pub, involving victim Fancy, her friend Stella Hayes, Evans, and her partner, Moses Keeling. Pub staff then moved them outside.Mrs Evans, who pleaded guilty, said in a police interview: "I kicked her in the head and I don't regret it. Moses didn't touch her, I kicked her."Prosecuting, Ann Hampshire said Evans had pushed Fancy to the floor and kicked her in the head - causing facial injuries, bruises and a severe headache.Pub staff described hearing shouting and swearing outside and witnessed Evans push Fancy against the wall to the ground, then kick her in the side of the head - causing bleeding.One witness said they were shocked by the assault and described it as 'particularly vicious.' Evans was said to have poor recollection of the event when formally interviewed because she had been drunk. She said she drank four to five San Miguel beers and five to six Sambucas that evening.In mitigation, Jeremy Harris said at Central Devon Magistrates' Court that Evans regretted her actions and put it down to post traumatic stress and heavy drinking.He said: "Evans appears to be remorseful about the event and realises it's a very serious matter. She's deeply sorry for what she has done."There was a background of harassment from the complainant and she had been in a relationship with Keeling earlier in the year 2008."Evans then entered into a relationship with Keeling and it seems the bad feeling extends from that."He said a harassment notice had been taken out against Fancy by his client.He added that although there had been no further incidents there could be future conflicts as Evans and Fancy live in the same block of flats.Mr Harris explained she was trying to move on, working three jobs, but needed help to curb her drinking.District Judge Paul Farmer said he felt her problem was largely alcohol based, citing previous convictions for drink driving in 2001 and 2007. He questioned Evans' remorse and said he expected to see her before the court again.Evans was made the subject of a supervision order. She was also ordered to pay £60 in prosecution costs.


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