Grantham court: Sisters assault victim outside hair salon
Two Grantham sisters sought out their victim at her place of work and assaulted her.
Angela Hill, 32, of New Beacon Road, and Nichola Hill, 34, of Tennyson Avenue, both admitted assault by beating in St Catherine’s Road, Grantham, on December 13 last year.
Prosecutor Jim Clare told the court that the sisters went to their victim’s work place, Bailey’s Hairdressers, demanding to see her. They were aggressive and there were four customers and staff in the salon at the time. The victim was in a back room and refused to see them.
The sisters started shouting and said they would be back every hour, on the hour. Mr Clare said the customers were visibly shocked as the sisters were shouting and swearing. The manager pushed them out of the door. They threw stones at the door and banged on the windows.
As the sisters walked away from the salon, the victim came out to see if they had gone.
Mr Clare said the sisters turned around and shouted abuse at her. One grabbed her by her hair and dragged her to the ground and banged her head on the pavement. The victim was kicked and punched a number of times. A member of the public stepped in to separate them.
The victim later said she took a blow to her left temple, her spectacles were smashed, some of her hair was pulled out, and she suffered grazing to her knuckles after being dragged to the ground.
She said: “This has left me shaken and I am scared of the repercussions by the Hill family.”
Rob Arthur, representing Nichola Hill, said that the evening before the assault there had been some comments made to Miss Hill’s daughter which she took exception to and that appeared to be the catalyst for the assault. He said his client admitted pulling the victim’s hair but did not bang her head on the pavement. Then her sister got involved. Mr Arthur said: “She says she has no ill feeling toward the victim and has no intention of approaching her.”
Angela and Nichola Hill were both given a 12-month community order including 120 hours of unpaid work.
They were also given a restraining order which means they cannot communicate in any way with their victim or go to Bailey’s Hairdressers within two years. They were ordered to pay compensation of £150 each and pay a victim surcharge of £60.