Ipswich woman could face jail for attack

AN IPSWICH woman who attacked a teenager with a bottle went on to threaten a man with a screwdriver five days later.The judge at Bury Crown Court told Susan Wright that it was unlikely she would escape a jail sentence after she was found guilty of possessing an offensive weapon and attempted robbery.

AN IPSWICH woman who attacked a teenager with a bottle went on to threaten a man with a screwdriver five days later.

The judge at Bury Crown Court told Susan Wright that it was unlikely she would escape a jail sentence after she was found guilty of possessing an offensive weapon and attempted robbery.

The jury heard how Wright, 21, and an 18-year-old co defendant who cannot be named for legal reasons, were involved in a lager-fuelled fracas on February 19 in which a screwdriver was produced.

Wright and the 18-year-old ( who was 17 at the time), who denied the charge in Bury Crown Court, were both found guilty of attempted robbery. Wright had denied possession of an offensive weapon.

Just five days previously, the 18-year-old had attacked a 19-year-old woman with a spanner shortly before Wright, who is just 5ft 2ins tall, smacked her in the mouth with an alcopop bottle.

Ipswich Crown Court had previously heard how both defendants, along with another woman Rebecca Parker, 19, attacked 19-year-old Samantha Guest on Valentines Day evening after a dispute over a boyfriend. 

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Miss Guest was punched, kicked and threatened by Susan Wright, Rebecca Parker and the 18-year-old as she walked past Meredith Road shops at around 10pm.

Miss Guest told the court Wright pushed her in the back and then pinned her by the throat against a shop window before punching her in the face and taking her mobile telephone to stop her phoning for help.

She was then led behind the shops where Wright punched her in the face and the 18-year-old hit her over the head with a 10-inch adjustable spanner.

Wright head butted Miss Guest then forced her to drink out of an alcopop bottle before striking her in the mouth with it.

Wright also forced Miss Guest onto her hands and knees and then kicked her in the face before threatening kill her.

The court cleared Parker and the 18-year-old of robbery, but found all three guilty of actual bodily harm. Wright, who lives at the Ipswich YMCA, was also found guilty of robbery having admitted both offences.

The jury at Bury Crown Court heard how five days later Wright and the 18-year-old attempted to rob a male victim, at around 8.45pm on February 19.

Both women had drunk between four and five pints of lager at the Cricketers pub before the 18-year-old approached a group of people, none of whom were known to her, asking for a cigarette.

The court heard how Wright produced a screwdriver during the drunken brawl that ensued between the two groups when the defendants demanded money.

The court heard how one of the defendants told her male victim: "You aren't going to punch a woman" before knocking him to the floor.

Judge John Akast told the jury how most of participants in the brawl were "tipsy to say the very least".

After the verdict had been delivered, Judge Akast, told Wright: "I am not terribly optimistic about your chances of not receiving a custodial sentence. If you go on like this you will be locked up and someone will throw away the key. If you want to spend your twenties in a women's prison you are going the right way about it. The future is in your hands."

The 18-year-old's current bail conditions, imposed at the earlier trial, of reporting three times a week to Ipswich police station and a curfew from 8am to 8pm remained. 

The court was told that the 18-year-old was of no fixed abode.

Judge Akast committed both women for sentencing in Ipswich Crown Court on August 30.

 

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