Colne woman detained after mum attacked

A MENTALLY ill young woman who attacked a mother in the street has been detained in hospital.

Burnley Crown Court heard how Rochelle Roberts (21) had a long record for violence and had been given anti- social behaviour orders in a bid to stop it.

In the latest outburst, Roberts grabbed Helena Garner, who fell to the ground. She was then said to have kicked her repeatedly.

The defendant had been arrested days after the incident and taken to the police station. She admitted she had punched the victim, but not kicked her.

The hearing was told Mrs Garner suffered abrasions to her knees and bruising.

Roberts, of Cleveland Street, Colne, admitted assault causing actual bodily harm, last October 31st. She had a record for battery, aggravated burglary, affray, assault and police assault.

Judge Beverley Lunt said she had read two medical reports about Roberts and was making a hospital order, as she was satisfied the defendant was suffering from a mental disorder.

She said Roberts would be detained in hospital and have treatment which would assist her.

The judge told Roberts: “This is all to help you, so you don’t commit offences like this.”

The defendant, currently in Wakefield Prison, is set to be transferred to the psychiatric intensive care unit at Burnley General Hospital.

Judge Lunt told Roberts that when medics thought it was safe to release her, they would still help her and give her support and treatment.