A WOMAN broke a man’s cheekbone with a plank of wood, kicked his sister in the head and hit his mother with a beer can in three separate incidents, York Crown Court heard.
Laura Louise Carrington, 25, began the violence at a party by running at Karina Brill, punching her six times in the face and when she fell to the floor, kicking her in the head and making her lose consciousness, said Howard Shaw, prosecuting.
When Miss Brill’s mother, Mary Hunter, and brother, Ricky Hunter, went to Carrington’s home at 3am, “with a view to establishing why the assault had taken place,” said Mr Shaw, there was an argument and Carrington threw a can of lager through a window at Mrs Hunter, hitting her in the face.
Mrs Hunter grabbed Carrington through the window and ripped her dress.
Shortly afterwards, Carrington went to the Hunter family home, and shouted and swore outside the front door.
When Mary Hunter came out, Carrington picked up a three-foot plank of wood and swung it at unarmed Mrs Hunter, but hit Mr Hunter, who had stepped between the two women, and broke his cheekbone near his eye.
Carrington, of Middleton Road, Acomb, pleaded guilty to causing grievous bodily harm to the son, actual bodily harm to the daughter and assaulting the mother and was given a 12-month prison sentence suspended for 18 months on condition she did 18 months’ supervision and 75 hours’ unpaid work.
Recorder Philip Kramer told her she was lucky she had not blinded Mr Hunter or given him brain damage.
“You went to their house to seek retribution,” he said, an act which was “bound to cause an inflammatory situation”.
But the Hunters had been “very ill-advised” to go to her house at 3am in the morning.
“They had gone to sort matters out with you, rather than have a polite conversation,” said the judge.
For Carrington, Mark Partridge said she thought Mrs Hunter had a weapon when she picked up the wood. The violence had begun in an argument between Miss Brill and Carrington over Carrington’s then partner. The relationship had problems and included domestic abuse. That affected Carrington’s attitudes to others.
She was now getting help from social services and Independent Domestic Abuse Services and lived on benefits.