A grandmother who was attacked by two women during a neighbourhood dispute has been left so traumatised she is scared to go out of her own home.
Chesterfield magistrates’ court heard on Monday, January 4, how Mellisa Brown, 27, and Shelley Dennis, 43, attacked 67-year-old pensioner Carol Dale outside her home on Fern Close, at Shirebrook.
Prosecuting solicitor Andy Conboy explained Carol had come back from a night out when she heard shouting at her next door neighbour’s over Brown’s partner Mark Cooper texting other women and Dennis was joining in.
Mr Conboy said: “Carol Dale has previously reported outbursts to the council and was told to call with any incidents to keep a log and when she did she was advised to call police.”
The police arrived and Carol Dale got an incident number, according to Mr Conboy, but as soon as they left Dennis and Brown became abusive towards her.
Mr Conboy added: “Carol Dale said it was relentless abuse and was very scary and as she decided to speak to Dennis’ husband she was pushed against railings and a neighbour came out to get the defendants off but to no avail.
“Carol got away but she had her arm grabbed and squeezed but didn’t know which defendant grabbed her and she was then punched in her left eye and didn’t know which of the women had done this to her.
“The complainant was then pushed to the ground and hurt her left leg and had to hobble home.”
Witnesses told how they had heard Brown and Dennis shouting and saw Carol Dale get grabbed and suffer cuts and bruises and one said Brown lunged forward forcing the victim to fall backwards.
Carol Dale was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre for treatment after she suffered cuts and pain to her left leg and arm.
Brown and Dennis, both of Fern Close, Shirebrook, originally told police Carol Dale had been abusive and that she had pushed Dennis and the complainant had fallen over and cracked her head.
But both defendants pleaded guilty to assault after the attack on June 28, last year.
Brown said: “I apologise for what happened and I didn’t mean for it to spiral out of control.”
Dennis also said that she regretted what had happened.
Magistrates sentenced Brown to a month community order lasting until April 10 with a 14 week curfew and Dennis received a 12 month community order with a rehabilitation activity requirement and she was also fined £108.
Both were ordered to pay £360 in costs, compensation and a victim surcharge.
Carol Dale’s daughter Vicky Thorpe, of Shirebrook, said: “I think the sentence is disgusting. I was expecting them to be punished more harshly.
“Her leg still hurts but she has been affected mentally because she is frightened to go out now.
“Even when she goes out to peg up her laundry in the garden she feels like they are looking and it is intimidating.”
Vicky Thorpe told how her mum has repeatedly complained to Bolsover District Council with claims of ongoing loud music and banging from Mark Cooper’s next door home.