Drunken mum lashed out after carnival

A FAMILY day out ended in violence after a drunken mum lashed out at her friend.

Kelly Poad was spending the evening with pals Kerry O’Connor, Victoria Arnold and their children after enjoying the annual Peterlee Carnival.

But the fun descended into a fracas after mum-of-two Poad lashed out at Ms O’Connor, throwing a plastic glass at her before landing punches, a court heard.

Witnesses said she had become agitated after drinking eight cans of lager during the celebrations on Saturday, September 4.

The blows, which were witnessed by the women’s children, left Ms O’Connor with a cut to her nose, which had to be held together with steristrips as it healed.

Durham Crown Court was told the wound has left a red scar and causes discomfort when she wears her glasses for long periods of time, with the fight also causing bruising to her upper arm and right thigh.

Lynsey Colling, prosecuting, told how the victim classed the disturbance as an unprovoked attack and had not expected her friend to lash out.

Mrs Colling said: “She is fearful this could happen again and she feels the defendant didn’t think about the consequences.”

She added Ms O’Connor expressed concern the incident had happened in front of youngsters.

Poad admitted to assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

The 33-year-old, previously of Tenth Street, Horden, and now of Faraday Terrace, Haswell, has 11 convictions for 29 offences, with a caution given in 2009 for assault being the only previous incident of violence on her record.

Stuart Graham, mitigating, said Poad had seen red after taking exception to a comment Ms O’Connor had made about her daughter.

He said she had a long history of psychiatric problems and suffered a troubled childhood, but was seeking help for her issues.

The mum said she was doing well since their recent move and feared her daughters, aged 11 and 14, would be taken into care and hoped to give them a stable family upbringing.

Recorder Paul Reid gave Poad a six month prison sentence, suspended for 18 months, with 12 months supervision, adding a 7pm to 7am curfew would serve as a “reminder not to behave like this again”.