Grantham court: Woman headbutted friend

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A woman headbutted her friend in the face “out of the blue” after drinking over Christmas.

Kelly Marie Clarke, 23, of Kinoulton Court, Grantham, admitted common assault on another woman in Kinoulton Court on December 28.

Shelley Wilson, prosecuting, said the victim had been at home with her 11-month-old son when Clarke buzzed the intercom at 6.30am.

Clarke was let in and when she came to the door she was with two other people, a male and a female.

Clarke apologised to the victim for not lending her some money over Christmas.

The victim told them that she was expecting her grandmother to come round soon and asked them to leave.

As she was going out, Clarke put her arms out and the victim though she was going to cuddle her, but instead Clarke headbutted her in the face “completely out of the blue”.

The victim was left totaly shocked. There had been no falling out or anything said beforehand.

Mrs Wilson said the victim was bruised around the eyes and felt pain across the bridge of her nose.

She said: “She has known Clarke for four months. She was very upset because she thought she was a friend.”

The court was told the victim no longer felt safe in her flat and had gone to live with her father.

Mrs Wilson said Clarke had told police she had headbutted her victim because of drugs and alcohol although it was not clear if she was under the influence of these at the time.

Defending, Stuart Wild said Clarke, who claims benefits and has two dependent children, had been drinking over the Christmas period and she could not account for her behaviour.

He said: “She expressed genuine remorse to the police. During the last few days their friendship has been reconciled.

“She only has vague recollections of what happened and has exhibited remorse.

“She entered a guilty plea at the first opportunity.”

Magistrates adjourned the case to February 23 for a probation report. Clarke was given unconditional bail.