Woman attacked with bottle wrapped in sock in Garden City

Published date: 27 January 2014 |
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A WOMAN who disguised herself with a balaclava and attacked another woman in her own house with a homemade weapon has been jailed.

Leanne Ingram, 35, was waving a sock containing an empty bottle during the incident at Garden City, Mold Crown Court was told.

The weapon was used to cause serious injury to the woman in front of her children.

Ingram, of Ewart Street, Saltney Ferry, admitted a wounding charge and was jailed for 16 months.

A 10-year restraining order was also made under which she is not to approach Claire Such and is not to enter Sealand Avenue in Garden City.

Judge Niclas Parry told Ingram it was a serious example of premeditated violence involving the use of a weapon to cause serious injury.

“You travelled to that home armed,” he said.

“You carried that weapon. You had gone to the trouble of putting a bottle inside a sock.”

Disguised with a balaclava, Ingram went into a house where there were four young children.

“You set about your victim, striking her repeatedly with that weapon,” Judge Parry told her.

The attack only came to an end when a child intervened and shouted “get off my mother”.

The victim had been left bleeding from a wound to the face and she had a fractured finger.

Mr Parry said Ingram had a dreadful criminal record, but nothing for violence.

She had been given countless opportunities but had breached court orders.

The judge said he took into account her guilty plea, entered at a late stage, and the fact she had responded positively while in a Liverpool bail hostel.

Simon Rogers, prosecuting, said the incident happened in January last year when the victim was at home.

She heard the front door open and assumed it was one of her children but she was confronted by a woman wearing a balaclava and a grey tracksuit.

The woman was brandishing a sock with something inside it – which later turned out to be an empty vodka bottle – and was threatening her that she was going to “get it”.

During the incident the victim was able to pull the balaclava off and she recognised her attacker as Ingram, the sister of a man she had previously been in a relationship with.

The victim was hit with the weapon a number of times to the head, shoulder and body before she was able to push Ingram out of the house.

She required temporary stitches to a wound to the forehead, was bruised and her third finger on her left hand was fractured.

Interviewed, Ingram accepted she went to confront her over an alleged previous incident but at that stage claimed she acted in self-defence.

Myles Wilson, defending, said his client had responded very well while at the Adelaide House Bail Hostel in Liverpool.

He said that normally people who committed such offences went straight to prison but she had a glowing progress report from the hostel which was prepared to have her back and there was a positive pre-sentence report.

An earlier incident had caused her to act completely out of character, he said.

But the prosecution said it did not accept the complainant had been involved in the earlier incident.

Ingram had a troubled childhood. She had a horrific history of being subjected to domestic violence and a child had died at the age of 11 months.

It was not surprising she had recently been diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder.

Before that diagnosis she had relied on alcohol and amphetamine sulphate.

He asked that she avoid immediate custody  but the judge said it had to be immediate imprisonment in view of the seriousness and nature of the offence.

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