8:47am Monday 14th February 2011
By Dan Bean
A Selby woman was ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work for assaulting her partner on Christmas Day.
Jodie Broderick, 23, pleaded guilty to beating Richard O’Driscoll and her mother, Elizabeth Broderick, following an argument.
Jodie Broderick also pleaded guilty to assault occasioning actual bodily harm during a previous argument on December 10, at the then family home in Abbot’s Road.
The court heard the earlier incident began when Broderick accused Mr O’Driscoll of being in a homosexual relationship, then attacked him before he managed to pin her to the ground, at which point she bit him on the arm.
Robert Moore, prosecuting, said Broderick then followed Mr O’Driscoll into the kitchen and hit him several times over the head with a glass ashtray.
The court then heard that Broderick, her mother and Mr O’Driscoll had all been drinking prior to the assault on Christmas Day, during which Broderick kicked and scratched her partner following a remark about the death of a child.
When her mother tried to calm her down, Broderick grabbed her with one hand and punched her several times in the face with the other, before leaving the living room and heading to her bedroom, the court heard.
Keith Haggerty, mitigating, said Broderick had a history of memory loss, and had little recollection of either of the incidents.
He said: “The demons come out when she is in alcohol”.
Mr Haggerty told the court Broderick had voluntarily sought medical help following the incidents, and that Mr O’Driscoll had not wanted to prosecute his partner. The couple were getting on better than ever since the incident.
District judge Marie Mallon, sitting at Selby Magistrates Court, gave Broderick credit for early guilty pleas for the three offences, ordering her to complete 200 hours of unpaid community work within 12 months, and pay £85 court costs.
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