Great Harwood binge drinker spared jail again after attack

First published in Hyndburn by , Court reporter

A STILETTO attacker who was spared jail has avoided prison a second time after another violent outburst on a night out.

Burnley Crown Court heard how binge-drinking factory worker Amy Barcroft, now 28, had launched a sustained, two-part attack on her latest victim, young mum Gemma Bond, punching her repeatedly in the unprovoked beating.

Barcroft, said to have had a ‘staggering’ amount of cider, had also pulled Ms Bond’s hair and swore at her in the onslaught outside a Great Harwood bar in September.

At the time, the defendant was subject to a suspended jail sentence for setting about a woman with a pair of stiletto shoes in a Great Harwood club in February 2010.

Her victim in that assault, Melissa Harrison, had been left with a gashed head after being struck several times in Sopranos.

The defendant had been convicted of assault causing actual bodily harm after a trial for that attack and had been given six months in prison, suspended for two years, in the October of that year.

On Wednesday, she was back in the dock at Burnley Crown Court, where she was given another suspended term.

The defendant, of Lewis Street, Great Harwood, had admitted common assault and had been committed for sentence by magistrates.

She received two months’ custody, suspended for a year, with six months' supervision and a six month curfew, between 10pm and 6am. She must pay £300 compensation.

Anthony Longworth, prosecuting on Wednesday, said student Ms Bond, who was out with friends, went outside Snuffy’s Bar on her own, to have a cigarette.

A group of about five or six people were outside, one began pointing at her, started arguing and suddenly assaulted her.

The victim suffered bruises and bumps, a stiff neck and a grazed knee.

Tim Brennand, defending, said Barcroft was ‘thoroughly, thoroughly ashamed’.

Sentencing, Judge Jonathan Gibson told Barcroft that clearly her record was an aggravating feature and was capable of indicating a short custodial sentence for what she did.

However, he continued, she was in work, appeared to be, in general terms, relatively stable and he could deprive her of her liberty by a substantial curfew which would keep her out of licensed premises at night.

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