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Woman used shoe to stop gang

Worcester Editorial 5th Aug, 2014 Updated: 19th Oct, 2016

A YOUNG mother tried to defend her partner by attacking a gang that had set upon him with her shoe, a court has heard.

Jade Hughes, of Canterbury Road in Ronkswood, was caught on CCTV after her boyfriend Darren Smith and friend Kevin Bird were involved in a fight in Lowesmoor on March 1.

The group were first seen at 2.15am approaching a man and confronting him, with Hughes trying to calm the situation, Worcester Magistrates Court heard last Friday (August 1).

Shortly after, another altercation began in the mouth of Black Horse Walk where all three retaliated to a group of four who had attacked Smith.

The 23-year-old, who is pregnant with her second child, took her shoe off and attacked one of the men with it before throwing a punch at one, the court also heard.

She pleaded guilty to using threatening words with intent to cause a fear of violence and was fined £100.

Paul Stanley, defending solicitor, said: “When the first incident happens, as far as my client is concerned she was clearly trying to calm the situation down.

“We don’t know who the other male was and we still don’t know this, but in fairness to young Jade, she is trying to break up the situation.

“Ten minutes later they are down Black Horse alleyway, at the side of Asda, and what the CCTV then shows is another gang of males set upon the group.”

Smith pleaded not guilty to the same charge and Bird was sentenced for the offence back in March.

Chair of the Bench Keith Stokes-Smith said: “You have obviously seen the recording as we have and I’m lost for words, what we saw is not something we would normally see in our lives, let alone happening in the streets.

“If that were me I would have run away rather than confronting them. You say you were drunk at the time, but no one made you get drunk.

“Let this be a lesson to you.”

Hughes was also ordered to pay court costs of £85 and a £20 victim surcharge.

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