Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

RAGE AT THE SUPERMARKET; Woman Who Lashed out after a 'Queue Jump' Row Avoids Jail

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

RAGE AT THE SUPERMARKET; Woman Who Lashed out after a 'Queue Jump' Row Avoids Jail

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT

SCENE OF ATTACK: The Tesco Express store in Billingham A TROUBLED woman whose attack at a Teesside supermarket caused a brain bleed, changing a dental nurse's life, has kept her freedom.

Stacey Sharon Allan knocked out her victim then stepped over her, walked off saying "She shouldn't have been so cheeky" and laughed, Teesside Crown Court heard.

She assaulted dental nurse Leigh Stewart outside Tesco Express on Station Road, Billingham, shortly before midnight on January 16.

Prosecutor Jolyon Perks said Allan had just argued with two of Miss Stewart's friends in the shop and accused them of jumping the queue.

Miss Stewart stood outside the shop and mouthed through the window that she wanted cigarettes as her mates were buying alcohol.

Allan rounded on her saying "Who are you looking at?" and marched to the shop front.

Mr Perks said: "She swung her fist deliberately and forcefully into the face of Miss Stewart, knocking her out and as she fell to the floor she hit her head on the floor.

"She (Allan) didn't wait to see whether Miss Stewart was any more seriously injured."

Over the following day, Miss Stewart became "incoherent", ill and vomiting and had a large bruise to her scalp.

Scans revealed she had internal bleeding, bruising over two areas of the brain and a haemorrhage to the brain.

The court was told of the impact on her life -she had to take time off work which she could not afford, missed exams for a promotion and could not continue with driving lessons because of her disability.

Allan, formerly of Anchorage Mews, Stockton, now living in Sunderland, admitted inflicting grievous bodily harm.

She had previous convictions for assaulting women.

Peter Schofield, defending, said Allan was diagnosed with post traumatic stress disorder, linked to her history, and needed professional help.

He said: "There could not be a more traumatic and disturbing background.

"She's been the victim of a significant amount of violence herself over the years. …

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