Sisters bound over to keep the peace

TWO Ipswich sisters involved in a wine bar fracas have been bound over to keep the peace for one year after charges of assault against them were dropped.

TWO Ipswich sisters involved in a wine bar fracas have been bound over to keep the peace for one year after charges of assault against them were dropped.

Rebecca Wade, 21, of Byron Road, pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault by beating, and Melanie Wade, 20, of Peppercorn Way, pleaded not guilty to a charge of common assault after an incident at Lapres Wine Bar at around 10.15pm on December 1 last year.

Rebecca was accused of smacking Veda Durice, girlfriend of her father, Philip Wade, over the head with a telephone receiver, while Melanie was accused of dragging Miss Durice out of the bar by her hair.

Miss Durice had allegedly suffered bruising to her back and stomach and also a sore skull after trying to escape the attentions of the Wade sisters.

Naomi Turner, in mitigation, said: "The defendants deny the assaults but admit that they should not get involved in such a fracas in public premises."

Chairman of the bench Jane Fiske said: "We are going to bind you over for the sum of £75 each for a period of one year from today to keep the peace and specifically to do that in respect of Veda Durice. We are doing this to stop any future occurrences that may happen.

Most Read

"It there is no incidences in the next year you will hear no more on this. If there is you will lose your £75. The allegations of assault have been dismissed," she added.

Become a Supporter

This newspaper has been a central part of community life for many years. Our industry faces testing times, which is why we're asking for your support. Every contribution will help us continue to produce local journalism that makes a measurable difference to our community.

Become a Supporter