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Woman punched friend of 10 years in phone row
6:00am Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
A WOMAN attacked her friend after the pair had a fall out over a stolen mobile phone and purse.
Sharon Peers, of O’Leary Street, Orford admitting punching her friend of 10 years five times after hearing that her friend had accused her of stealing her phone and purse.
The pair had been out drinking in Warrington town centre on the night of April 25 last year when the mood soured between the two, Warrington Crown Court heard on Friday.
Caroline Harris, prosecuting, said: “In the public house there was a disagreement over a phone. That Peers had stolen the complainant’s phone.
“The defendant pushed the complainant in some bushes before leaving and the complainant returned to the pub.”
The complainant went to Peers’ mum’s home to accuse Peers of stealing her purse but the defendant was not there.
At 10.15pm Peers, aged 37, arrived at her victim’s home.
“The defendant walked in the complainant’s home and started punching her. She pinned her to the floor and repeatedly punched her to the head and face,” added Miss Harris.
Her victim went to hospital a few days later and was found to have a broken left cheek bone and a laceration to her bottom lip which required stitches.
In police interview Peers said her friend had pushed her in to the bush earlier and when she went to confront her friend about the theft accusation the victim had first pinned her to the floor so she retaliated.
Peers had a history of 17 convictions for 17 offences, most of which were dishonesty offences before pleading guilty to grievous bodily harm.
Michael Davies, defending, said Peers had sought treatment for her use of controlled drugs.
Sentencing her Judge Nicholas Woodward said: “You have turned your life around. You are free of drugs. That is an achievement you should feel proud of. That is what had been blighting your life. You are highly motivated to remain offence free.”
Judge Woodward handed her a 12 month prison sentence suspended for 12 months and Peers was ordered to complete a six month supervision programme.