Suspended sentence after pool cue attack in Hartlepool

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A WOMAN who attacked a visitor to her home with a pool cue has been spared jail.

Shelene Brown, 33, struck Paula Harman with the cue, hitting her on the back of the neck and shoulders.

Teesside Crown Court heard that violence broke out between the women after Brown’s partner Christopher Hull invited Ms Harman back to the home he shared with Brown in Rodney Street, Hartlepool, for a drink.

The court heard it started after Brown returned from getting changed upstairs and found Ms Harman with her hands on Hull’s hips.

After a scuffle when Brown punched Ms Harman, she tried to throw Ms Harman out of the house.

Brown claimed Ms Harman threatened to stab her with a needle which she forced out of her hand.

Joseph Spencer, prosecuting, said: “The defendant accepts punching the complainant to the face again on a number of occasions.

“She accepts striking the complainant to the back of the neck and shoulders with the pool cue.”

Brown pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm in the incident on June 19 last year.

Hull, 30, who was said to be egging Brown on, also pleaded guilty to actual bodily harm.

He also admitted theft of Ms Harman’s mobile phone and £150 from her person.

Ms Harman suffered cuts and bruises to her face including a black eye.

Martin Scarborough, mitigating, for Brown, said she had shown some “genuine remorse” adding: “She is not somebody who is normally prone to violence.

“She has struggled with drug and alcohol problems.”

Paul Abrahams, mitigating for Hull, of Dent Street, Hartlepool, said he struggled to remember the incident but had served the equivalent of a four month prison sentence while on remand and a curfew.

Brown, was given eight months prison suspended for 12 months with probation supervision and 100 hours unpaid work.

Hull was given 15 months suspended for 18 months and an eight week curfew between 8pm-8am.