A woman was dragged out of her car and subjected to a ‘horrific’ attack by two other women who accused her of having slept with one of their exes.
Holly Towell and Rochelle Black were spared immediate prison sentences today after admitting assaults that caused actual bodily harm.
During the attack, Towell, 25, said to the victim, ‘You will admit that you saw him.’
She then attacked her, pulled bits of her hair out, kicked her in the mouth repeatedly, punched her repeatedly in the face and stomped on the side of her face.
Although Towell inflicted most of the violence, Black, 21, helped her by repeatedly throwing the victim’s phone to the ground and smashing it as she tried to call for help.
They both stood in the quay together at Reading Crown Court today to be convicted of the attack just after midnight on July 12, 2020.
Prosecutor Fitzgerald said the victim had driven home when she saw Towell approaching her car.
She had known her for about eight years and had previously had problems with her and Towell’s ex-partner.
Towell opened the car door while the engine was still running, and launched his assault.
The prosecutor added: ‘A vehicle drove past, which frightened the women, and then the victim managed to get into his car and drive away.
‘Ms Towell called her ex-partner and said “your miss is getting spanked right now”.
‘She had also written on Facebook earlier in the day, asking for anyone who knew the victim’s address.’
In a statement, the victim told the judge: ‘They all know where I live. I’m afraid they’ll come back to my home where my two children live because I reported them to the police. ‘
To defend both, Anne-Marie Talbot said: ‘Ms Black was not the leader or initiator of this crime. She was a backup – she was there to help her friend. But she accepts that she also assaulted her.
“Both Mrs Towell and Mrs Black deeply regret and are very saddened by their actions that day.”
She said they had both been out drinking ‘too much’ after a ‘sustained period of lockdown’.
As a result of the trial, Towell was suspended from his job at Mencap, a charity that works with people with learning disabilities.
Ms Talbot said she now works as a cleaning assistant and is a single mother to her seven-year-old son while she is also pregnant with her second child.
The sentencing of the two, Mr Recorder Simon Dyer QC said: ‘This offense must have been intimidating to the victim.
“This was a sustained and targeted assault. You took your revenge on her.
‘It’s not a mitigating factor that you got so drunk that you decided to be so violent.
‘Ms Towell – were it not for your care responsibility for now and in the future, I would not hesitate to activate your judgment. Ms Black – Terribly misplaced loyalty. This is a very serious matter. ‘
Towell of Thatcham was sentenced to 12 months probation for two years. She was also ordered to participate in 20 rehabilitation activities and a curfew lasting six months.
Black from Newbury was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for two years. She was also ordered to take part in 20 rehabilitation activities, was ordered to work 100 hours of unpaid work and was ordered to pay £ 400 in compensation for the phone.
Both women also received a restraining order that prevented further contact with the victim, which lasted until a further order.
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