A WOMAN sank her teeth into her mother’s arm and “latched on” while she punched her mum about the head.

Blackburn magistrates heard Bethany Wallace only released her grip when her mum’s partner slapped her across the face.

He had already been assaulted by Bethany’s brother, Bradley Wallace, and was then hit over the head with a walking stick by her.

Bethany Wallace, 20, of Ulster Street, Burnley, was convicted in her absence of assaulting Kara Wallace and Mark Coughlan. A warrant was issued for her arrest.

Bradley Wallace, 24, of Dall Street, Burnley, pleaded guilty to assaulting Mr Coughlan and damaging a door window belonging to Kara Wallace.

He was given a community order for nine months with 20 days' rehabilitation activity requirement and fined £50.

He was also and ordered to pay £200 compensation.£100 compensation for the window and £100 for the assault.

He was made subject to a restraining order which prohibits him from entering Comrie Street, Burnley, where his mother and her partner live, for 12 months.

Mrs Wallace told the court how she was in her next-door neighbour’s house when she heard a disturbance next door.

“I could hear all the shouting and found Bradley leaning over Mark,” said Mrs Wallace.

“As I went to help, Bethany grabbed me from behind and bit my arm. She latched on and wouldn’t let go until my partner slapped her.”

Mr Coughlan, who had already been punched by Bradley, said after Bethany released her grip she picked up a walking stick and swung at him.

“It did hit me on the head but it hit the ceiling first,” said Mr Coughlan.

Phillip Turner, defending Bradley Wallace, said Mrs Wallace and her partner had been out and bought some takeaway food on their way home.

Mr Coughlan went into their house but Mrs Wallace went next door to invite their neighbour round.

“Bradley had been invited by his mum to join them,” said Mr Turner.

“Mr Coughlan told him he wasn’t allowed in and an argument started. Bethany arrived and joined in and then Mrs Wallace became involved.”

He said Bradley Wallace accepted he punched Mr Coughlan because he thought he had assaulted his sister.

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