Ripon woman escapes jail after kicking and stamping on victim's head

York Crown Court
York Crown Court

A Ripon woman has been spared prison despite a ferocious attack in which she kicked and stamped on the victim’s head.

Monique Shiels, 21, punched the victim in the face and scratched her neck after pinning her to the ground, York Crown Court heard.

She then sat on the woman and pulled clumps of her hair out before rearing up, stamping on her head and kicking the woman while she was lying on the ground outside her home in College Court, Ripon.

Prosecutor Frances Pencheon said one of the victim’s neighbours finally intervened.

The victim suffered bruising to her head and eye, a scratch on her neck, cuts to her scalp and a grazed knee, as well as minor injuries to her hand, foot and ear. She also had bald patches on her scalp where her hair had been pulled.

Ms Pencheon said the attack, on February 13, was prompted by Shiels’s suspicions that the victim was having an affair with her boyfriend.

She stormed over to the woman’s home at about 5am, when the victim and her father heard a loud bang outside. They went out to investigate and there was Shiels screaming: “Where is he?”

Despite the victim’s father trying to intervene, both women ended up on the ground following a struggle.

Shiels, of Beech Road, Ripon, was arrested and charged with assault occasioning actual bodily harm and breaking a window and patio door by banging on them.

She admitted the offences when she appeared at Harrogate Magistrates’ Court in May. Magistrates transferred the case to York Crown, where Shiels appeared for sentence on Friday.

Defence barrister Georgina Goring said Shiels “simply saw red” and had been surrounded by violence from a young age.

The court heard that Shiels, a telesales worker, had two previous convictions for battery and assaulting a police officer in 2012.

Next week at Harrogate Magistrates she will be sentenced for a separate assault on a police constable in March.

Judge Deborah Sherwin gave Shiels a 12-month jail sentence for ABH, suspended for 18 months, during which she will take part in a rehabilitation programme.

Mrs Sherwin also imposed a three-month curfew which prohibits Shiels leaving her home between 9pm and 7am. Shiels was also made to pay £200 compensation for the damage to the windows “