Woman launched vile and ugly attack on neighbours, a court heard
A WOMAN launched a vile and ugly unprovoked attack on her neighbours, during which she punched a boy in the face, while shouting racial abuse and pulling out the hair extensions of another, a court heard.
Janice Birchall stands accused of leaving Bryony Moore with a bald patch after pulling out the fake hair glued to her head, as well as breaking her hand in two places in the frenzied attack.
The 40-year-old denied the racially aggravated assault causing actual bodily harm on Miss Moore, as well as assaulting the 13-year-old who stepped in to stop the fight and a further allegation of violence on Miss Moore’s step-father Gareth Gardner.
Prosecutor Nick O’Brien said Miss Moore was visiting her parents on Milton Avenue in Podsmead, where Birchall also lives, at around 3.30pm on November 1, last year.
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He said a young boy, believed to be the defendant’s son had approached Miss Moore, who is mixed race, and made comments about a previous row.
Miss Moore was said to have told the young boy to go away before Birchall came out of her home “shouting and swearing”.
Mr O’Brien told Gloucester Crown Court she pulled Miss Moore’s hair extensions off before kneeing and kicking her in the head, while shouting racial abuse at her.
During the alleged assault Miss Moore was said to have fallen over and broken two bones in her right hand.
He told the court the teenager tried to intervene, but was sworn at and punched in the face leaving his brace cutting his lip and breaking his thumb in the fall.
Mr Gardner, who suffers from epilepsy, was said to have been punched and pushed during the assault and had a small fit.
Mr O’Brien said: “She says she was the victim and it started when the others attacked her.
“It was a rather ugly dispute between neighbours that was made worse, the prosecution say, by the racial abuse.”
Miss Moore told the jury she began to worry as soon as Birchall was walking towards her.
She said: “I was worried because I could see she had something in her hand and I had my little boy with me.
“She stormed towards me, she tucked what appeared to be her cigarettes and lighter in her bra.
“She dragged me up the road, I was screaming at her, trying to get her off me.
“As she had my head, I was slapping, punching and scratching her – doing anything to get her off me.
“It was completely unprovoked. I hardly know her. It is only the second time we have met.”
As Birchall heard Miss Moore give evidence she muttered under her breath it was all lies.
She denies assault causing actual bodily harm on Gareth Gardner and the boy as well as the racially aggravated assault.
The trial, expected to last three days, continues.