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Clubber's ban following attack in town

PUBLISHED: 18:26 05 December 2001 | UPDATED: 10:58 03 March 2010

A WOMAN who attacked a clubber in Ipswich for the second time this year has been banned from going out at night for six months.

At a hearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court, Michelle Wade pleaded guilty to assaulting Bianca Chapman and causing her actual bodily harm at an attack Kartouche in Princes Street, Ipswich.

A WOMAN who attacked a clubber in Ipswich for the second time this year has been banned from going out at night for six months.

At a hearing at South East Suffolk Magistrates Court, Michelle Wade pleaded guilty to assaulting Bianca Chapman and causing her actual bodily harm at an attack Kartouche in Princes Street, Ipswich.

Magistrates heard that the incident followed on from a lengthy period of ill feeling between the parties.

Ian Pells, prosecuting, told the court the assault happened at the club on July 15.

Wade pushed Miss Chapman and grappled with her on the floor before being kicked out of the club. She denied punching and kicking the victim.

Miss Chapman sustained minor injuries in the attack.

It's the second time Wade, 20, of Perkins Way, has been before the courts for an attack on Miss Chapman at an Ipswich night spot.

In March she was sentenced to community service and probation after assaulting the victim at Brannigan's, Cardinal Park.

Tim Ridyard, in mitigation, said there had been an ongoing situation between Wade and Miss Chapman for some time.

He described the situation between the parties as "totally pathetic" and said Wade "lost her self control" on the night of the Kartouche assault.

At yesterday's > hearing magistrates sentenced Wade to a curfew order, meaning she is not allowed to leave her home between 7pm and 7am until March 31. She will have to wear an electronic tagging device so her whereabouts can be monitored.

She was also ordered to serve 120 hours community punishment and told to pay £100 compensation to Miss Chapman and £20 towards prosecution costs.

Wendy Tolliday, chairman of the bench, said the aggravating features of the attack included the fact that it was deliberate and was in a public place.

She said a mitigating feature was that there might have been a degree of provocation.

The court heard the defendant's sister, Melanie Wade, was also involved in the incident. A warrant has been issued for her arrest after she failed to attend a previous court hearing.


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