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Stafford mother of two admits punching woman during drunken night out

By Staffordshire Newsletter  |  Posted: August 13, 2014

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A SINGLE mother of two has admitted punching a woman in the face during a drunken night out in Stafford.

Terri-Leigh Tipton, 27, pleaded guilty to common assault on Melissa Rahilly at Cannock Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

The court heard how a group of women, including Ms Rahilly, had “consumed a large quantity of alcohol” on a night out in Stafford on July 6.

Ms Rahilly left the group at 2am the following morning after a row with a friend. The friend followed her and a drunken argument started outside The Grapes pub, at which point Tipton stepped in and punched Ms Rahilly once in the face, causing bruising and a small cut to her lip.

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Defending, Janet Emery said: “The defendant has fully admitted her actions and regretted how she behaved.

“She had consumed a lot of double Vodkas and Sambucas, followed by a bottle of cider and some more Sambucas.

“All the girls had consumed a fair amount of alcohol and the injured party described how she drank two bottles of wine, then a glass of wine.

“There was some pushing and shoving between the other girls. Miss Tipton tried to stop that, but admits the way in which she did that was totally unacceptable.

“She said had she not consumed a high amount of alcohol, she would have dealt with it another way. She is genuinely remorseful and it’s a lesson hard learned.”

The court heard how Tipton, of 4B Freemen Street, Stafford, went to the police station voluntarily, had no previous convictions and was not in the habit of going out drinking, preferring to stay in with her two children.

Tipton was fined £50, ordered to pay costs of £85, a victim surcharge of £20 and compensation of £100 to the injured party.

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