Baseball bat mother is jailed

PUBLISHED: 12:58 28 July 2001 | UPDATED: 10:23 03 March 2010

AN Ipswich mother is starting a year's jail sentence for beating her former lover with a baseball bat.

AN Ipswich mother is today starting a year's jail sentence for beating her former lover with a baseball bat.

Sandra Reid, of Downing Close, had trouble composing herself as Mr Recorder David Turner confirmed that her children would have to be cared for by others for at least the next six months.

Reid, 28, pleaded guilty to causing Andrew Turnbull grievous bodily harm by hitting him up to ten times with a metal bat.

Mr Turnbull suffered a fractured kneecap, which required surgery.

Mr Turnbull's wife, Christine Turnbull, 39, of Newnham Court, was also involved in the incident. The mother of three pleaded guilty to causing criminal damage to Mr Turnbull's property. She used the baseball bat to smash his television. She then threw and jumped on about 50 of his CDs.

Turnbull was sentenced to carry out 80 hours of unpaid work.

Ipswich Crown Court heard that Turnbull had been hoping to salvage her marriage and believed Mr Turnbull felt the same way. Then she discovered he had a lover, Sandra Reid.

The two women decided to confront Mr Turnbull after they had been drinking alcohol. The court heard that Turnbull was of previous good character but Reid had previous convictions.

Reid once caused actual bodily harm to another person with a baseball bat and was also convicted of wounding when she stabbed her twin sister.

Mr Turner told Reid: "I realise the sentence I am going to pass will cause hardship to your children, but you have committed a serious assault and I cannot let you hide behind your children."

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