Grantham court: Drunk mum assaulted her neighbours

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A single mother assaulted a neighbouring father and daughter and racially abused another neighbour, before trying to evade arrest by switching clothes with a friend.

Sabrina Willets, 22, of Warmington Avenue, Grantham, admitted two counts of assault by beating, one of racially aggravated harassment, and a fourth charge of obstructing a constable in the execution of their duty, on September 19.

Prosecutor Marie Stace read out statements from the two victims of assault. The first described how he had returned home shortly after finishing work at 10pm on September 18, and heard what sounded like a party from a flat where there had been problems with noise before. His wife told him that it had been going on since 5pm.

After going to bed, he was awoken at 2am to the sound of shouting from the flat, and at 3.30am he decided to go and speak to the occupants.

He noticed that the windows were all open, and was met by a male and Willets. He asked them to keep the noise down as “people were trying to sleep”.

Willets kept asking what she had done, and the complainant replied: “I think you are keeping up the whole street.”

An altercation followed, during which Willets jumped on to the back of the complainant.

Miss Stace then read out his daughter’s statement, as she came out and witnessed Willets on her father’s back with her arms around his neck.

The two women started arguing, before Willets punched her in the face with a closed fist, connecting with her left cheek. In retaliation, she grabbed Willets’ hair, until neighbours intervened.

In relation to the racially aggravated offence, another neighbour stated that Willets had looked at her and her family while being arrested, and shouted: “I’m being arrested because of people that shouldn’t be in this country.”

Miss Stace also informed magistrates that by switching the dress she was wearing with a friend, before police arrived, Willets had attempted to obstruct a constable in the execution of their duty.

Chris Pye-Smith, defending, said that during police interview Willets had admitted that she couldn’t remember much of what had happened, as alcohol had affected both her behaviour and recollection. He added that Willets had caused no lasting injuries.

Magistrates ruled that Willets must pay £40 fines for each of the assaults, and £50 in compensation to each victim. In addition she was fined £60 for the racial harassment and £40 for the obstruction offence.

A 17-year-old, who cannot be named for legal reasons, has denied assault by beating in relation to this incident. His trial will take place at Grantham on May 4.