Grandmother banned from nightspot

A VIOLENT grandmother is today banned from an Ipswich nightspot and electronically tagged after assaulting a bouncer on a night out. Cardella O'Connor, of Nacton Crescent, in the Nacton Road area of Ipswich, pleaded guilty to assault at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on Tuesday .

A VIOLENT grandmother is today banned from an Ipswich nightspot and electronically tagged after assaulting a bouncer on a night out.

Cardella O'Connor, of Nacton Crescent, in the Nacton Road area of Ipswich, pleaded guilty to assault at South East Suffolk Magistrates' Court on Tuesday .

The court heard the 45-year-old mum of seven and grandmother of 15 was out with friends on August 12 when she entered Pals nightclub in Dogs Head Street in Ipswich.

Prosecuting solicitor Andrea Reynolds said: “Miss O'Connor came into the club through one of the fire doors. The victim told her she should leave. She said “she looked at me like she didn't understand.”

The court heard an altercation between the two women began witnessed by an off duty policeman.

Miss Reynolds said O'Connor tried to push past the victim and punched the bouncer.

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She added: “The victim said she began to feel her jaw swelling as a result.”

Defending solicitor Mr Russell said his client denied punching the victim but admitted contact had been made with her hand.

The court heard she had a number of previous convictions for assault.

He said: “Mr client is a mother and grandmother. She has seven children and 15 grandchildren. She apologises profusely to the court. She had not been out for four years as she suffers from Lupus (a disease which affects the immune system).”

District Judge David Cooper made O'Connor the subject of a community order and imposed a curfew from 10pm to 6am seven days a week until January 23 but excluding December 24 and 25 and New Year's Eve and New Year's Day.

She was also banned from Pals nightclub for two years ordered to pay £250 compensation to her victim and £87 costs.

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