Grantham court: Mum headbutted her neighbour

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A mother who admitted headbutting her neighbour as they said goodbye in an ‘unexpected’ attack, is to pay £120 in compensation for the injuries caused.

Prosecutor Shelley Wilson outlined how the defendant, 23-year-old Kelly Clarke of Kinoulton Court, Grantham, had known the woman she committed common assault against for about four to five months.

At 6.20am on December 28, Clarke and two others visited the home of the victim, who was up with their own baby. Mrs Wilson described how ‘all seemed to be fine’, and Clarke picked up some clothes she had left at the property.

However as they said goodbye and hugged at the front door, Clarke headbutted her neighbour in the face, making contact with her nose and causing bruising to her left eye and marks to her right.

The victim told police: “I can’t believe she did it. It was very unexpected.”

Clarke was arrested and admitted the offence, but did not give a reason behind it.

Stuart Wild, defending, pointed out that Clarke who has two children aged three and four, showed remorse for the assault.

Mr Wild also informed magistrates that the two women had now resolved their differences.

On seeing photographs of the injuries to the victim’s face, magistrates ruled that Clarke should pay £120 in compensation, but ordered no costs or victim surcharge to be paid.

Clarke must also comply with a three month electronically monitored curfew to remain at her home address between 9pm and 7am from Saturday to Tuesday.