Here we go again. A piece in the Telegraph two days ago:
(L-R) Single mothers Chloe Cummings, Toni Tyler and Donna Goulding, who all admitted affray at Newcastle Crown Court
Three women who ripped a trainee nurse’s hair out by the roots in a ferocious attack, have been spared jail despite being described as behaving like a pack of animals.
Hollie-Louise Brown was set upon outside a nightspot in Ashington, Northumberland in September 2018 in a motiveless attack.
She was first attacked by Donna Goulding, 25, with whom she had had a long-standing feud, after they bumped into each other on the dance floor, Newcastle Crown Court heard.
Chloe Cummings, 29, and Toni Tyler, 30, then joined in the attack, which started inside the premises and carried on in the street after security staff intervened to remove them from the bar.
Ms Brown lost large clumps of hair, was kicked, had her finger bitten, eyes gouged and suffered bruises to her arms and face.
Hollie-Louise Brown lost huge clumps of hair in the attack
Andrew Finlay, prosecuting, said: “One witness was to comment they were disgusted at what was happening, they were like a pack of animals, kicking, punching and stamping with nothing being done by the bouncers, they were just letting them fight.”
Describing the impact of the attack, Ms Brown said her personality had changed and she had lost confidence since that night.
She said: “It was vicious and totally unprovoked, I was terrified and could hear my hair being ripped out at the roots.
“One of them was taking running kicks at me while the other two were ripping at my hair, they seemed to be doing it deliberately, tearing out handfuls.
“I’ll never be able to get the sound of it happening, I was in total shock afterwards.”
Following the incident she also had to undergo a procedure normally reserved for chemotherapy patients in order to treat the bald patches on her head.
The three attackers admitted affray at a previous hearing and the prosecution offered no evidence to a charge of grievous bodily harm.
Mother-of-two Goulding, of Milburn Road, Ashington, who works as a cleaner, was handed a 13-month jail term, suspended for a year, and ordered to carry out 80 hours of unpaid community work.
Cummings, of Oswald Road, Newbiggin, who has two children, was sentenced to a 12-month community order with 80 hours of unpaid work, as was Tyler, a mother-of-two and hospital cleaner from Glenwood, Ashington.
Judge Edward Bindloss told them they had behaved in an appalling way, adding: “Given the assault and the effect, you should be doing even more hours but I have to be realistic, you are single mothers with dependent children.” [our emphasis]
The women should have been given lengthy custodial sentences. Parenthood should not be considered a mitigating circumstance with respect to sentencing, it should be considered an aggravating circumstance. (This is a personal opinion, not the official position of J4MB.)
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