41-year-old Emma Stafford has been fined by Magistrates after hitting a woman around the face with a glass bottle.
Earlier this year Police issued an appeal for information after a woman sustained facial injuries in an attack outside the Co-Op in Landguard Road, Shanklin. By mid-October, Stafford had been charged with the offence of assault by beating against Michelle May.
Stafford, previously of Medeway in Lake, appeared before Magistrates on 29th October and pleaded not guilty to the offence, but changed her plea to guilty when she appeared before the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court yesterday morning (Tuesday). She appeared via video link from HMP Bronzefield, where she has been remanded in custody on a separate matter.
Ann Smout, prosecuting, explained to the court that Stafford started shouting obscenities towards the victim outside the Co-Op store. Stafford then took out a bottle and struck May in the face, causing bruising and swelling. The 2 were known to each other.
Defending, Barry Arnett said that drink was involved on both sides. He made a point to the court that although Stafford had appeared in court several times, she last appeared for a violent offence in 1998.
The Crown Prosecution Service also brought a charge against Emma Stafford of disorderly conduct relating to a public order incident at Tesco Express in Lake on 28th July this year. The court heard that Stafford was upsetting customers with the language she was using, which included telling staff members to ‘fuck off’ repeatedly. She then picked up stock, including strawberries, before throwing them towards staff and customers, causing £8 worth of stock damage.
Magistrates fined Emma Stafford £270 for the assault and £120 for the disorderly conduct, as well as ordering her to pay £150 costs with a £39 surcharge. She was also handed a 2-year restraining order.
Stafford is to remain in prison on remand until a Crown Court hearing in early 2022.
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