Women were kicked in the head during street fight

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A MOTHER and daughter were both kicked to the head during a violent incident in Chirk, a court heard.

Football playing window cleaner Daniel Meredith, 25, and his partner, trainee accountant Katie Crouch, 20, both admitted affray but were spared custody yesterday.

Mold Crown Court heard the victims were Meredith’s former partner Samantha Thomas, and her mother Sharon Thomas.

Judge Niclas Parry said that in a public street at night, when members of the public were about, the defendants were involved in a serious incident of public disorder which involved two women being kicked to the head while on the floor.

Meredith, of Charles Street in Chirk, was given a 24-week prison sentence suspended for 12 months.

He was ordered to carry out 150 hours unpaid work and remain indoors under a three month curfew between 8pm and 6am – apart from on Tuesdays and Thursdays when he plays football or trains for Chirk.

Crouch, of St Anne’s Drive in Oswestry, was placed on an 18 month community order.

She was ordered to carry out 120 hours unpaid work and observe a two-month curfew between 8pm and 6am.

Meredith was ordered to pay £500 compensation to Samantha Thomas and Crouch was ordered to pay £200 to Sharon Thomas. Each defendant must pay £200 costs.

Prosecutor John Hedgecoe said the complainants were walking towards The Hand Hotel in Chirk when the incident happened.

Samantha Thomas had previously been in a relationship with Thomas, Crouch his current partner was clearly unhappy about that and she approached mother and daughter. Words were exchanged.

It seemed she went to strike Samantha Thomas but her mother Sharon Thomas pushed her away.

A fight developed between the mother and Crouch who ended up on top of her, punching her to the face.

The daughter intervened but Meredith became involved and ended up kicking both to the head.

Two people approached to break it all up and an ambulance was called.

Sharon Thomas lost consciousness at one point, said Mr Hedgecoe.

Matthew Dunford, for Meredith, said he was a window cleaner who played football for Chirk. He had pleaded guilty and the injuries were relatively minor.

It was clear he had acted out of character. Mr Dunford said it was very unlikely he would come before a court again.

Mark Connor, for Crouch, said she had kept out of trouble for the last 10 months.

She was an ambitious young lady and most of her time was taken up by working and studying for her accountancy examinations.

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