A mum was with her three-year-old son when she attacked another woman in a beer garden of a Bolsover pub after they had exchanged glances and words.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court recently heard how Leanne Cooper, 28, of Middle Street, Bolsover, grabbed the woman at the Black Bull, on Hill Top, by her hair and pulled her to the ground and punched her.
Prosecuting solicitor Gillian Foxcroft said: “It appears these parties weren’t known to each other before this incident. The complainant had gone into Bolsover and first went to the Cavendish pub about 3pm and met friends and then they went to the Black Bull and then back to the Cavendish. The complainant said the defendant was giving her ‘dirty eyes’ and due to the looks she was receiving she whispered at the defendant to please stop staring and then she went back to the Black Bull. When she was in the beer garden she saw the defendant who grabbed her hair and pulled her out of her chair and on to the ground.
“The victim kept shouting for the defendant to get off but Cooper pulled her hair as the complainant was on her knees and she punched her in the face.”
Cooper admitted the attack to police but suggested there had previously been an argument between and some pushing in the toilets of one of the pubs.
The defendant pleaded guilty on September 8 to committing assault after the incident on Friday, April 24.
Defence solicitor Annette Thomas said: “She was ashamed about how she had acted. But she gave a different account. She said she had taken her son to the toilet in the Cavendish to change him and the complainant, who is known in the area, came in and kicked her to the back of a leg and said she was going to kill her and her son.
“The defendant accepts then following the complainant after seeing red.”
However, magistrates told Cooper that they took the view that the assault was an unprovoked attack aggravated by the fact it had happened in front of her child.
Magistrates sentenced Cooper to a 12-month community order with 40 hours of unpaid work. She must also pay £150 compensation, a £60 victim surcharge and £85 costs and a £150 court charge.