Hastings mum hit stranger with high-heel shoe on first night out after giving birth (From The Argus)
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Hastings mum hit stranger with high-heel shoe on first night out after giving birth
A teenage mother hit a stranger over the back of the head with her high-heeled shoes after going on her first post-birth “bender”.
Scarlett Sanderson, 19, attacked Corin Byrne on the first night out since the birth of her now eight-month-old son.
Ms Byrne, who did not appear in court, was running after friends while en route to Hastings railway station, when Sanderson – who was a stranger to her – hit her with the wedge heel.
On Friday, at Lewes Crown Court, Sanderson, of Clifton Court, Hastings, admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm.
Gail Purdy, defending, said the offence, which left Ms Byrne requiring stitches, took place during the early hours of April 28.
She said a “verbal altercation” had broken out between a group of people with Ms Byrne and a group with the defendant.
The court heard how Ms Byrne described Sanderson as “shouting and swearing” before she was attacked with the shoe.
Ms Purdy said: “She saw the defendant with a shoe in her hand.
“It was an unprovoked attacked involving a high-heeled wedge shoe.”
Brian Friar, defending, said: “She [Scarlett] is a level headed and intelligent young woman.
“She knows her behaviour on that night was not this.
“She has no recollection of her behaviour but is appalled by it.”
He said her boyfriend had left her when she was pregnant and she brought up her son alone.
Judge Anthony Scott-Gall, when sentencing, referred to Sanderson as having gone on a “bender”.
He added: “But she does not remember anything except waking up in a cell.”
Describing her as being “out-of-control”, he said the courts had a sympathetic approach to young mothers.
She was sent to a young offenders’ institute for three months, suspended for two years, given a one-month curfew and told to attend a reintegration into society programme.
Sanderson was also ordered to pay an £80 victim surcharge.
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