Nelson woman’s vicious attack on schoolgirl


A drunken woman subjected a schoolgirl to a vicious, three-part attack, beating her up and verbally abusing her.

Pennine magistrates heard Lisa McNamara had shared a bottle of vodka with a friend before she set upon the child, raining blows on her and allegedly calling the victim a “bitch.”

The court heard McNamara then headbutted a policewoman.

McNamara sobbed in the witness box as the court was told of the violence in November. The jobless defendant (35), of Belgrave Street, Nelson, walked free from court after admitting common assault and assaulting PC Janice Dobson.

Prosecutor Miss Enza Geldard told the court the defendant shared a bottle of vodka with a friend. She became abusive towards the victim, accused the child of talking about her and hit her repeatedly with her elbow. She then punched her several times, in two incidents.

Miss Geldard said McNamara then went to another house and was banging on the doors. The police were called and the defendant was arrested. While they were conducting a search of her she headbutted PC Dobson.

McNamara received a community order, with 12 months’ supervision, a four month curfew and the Lancashire Alcohol Specified Activity Requirement. She was ordered to pay £75 compensation to the girl, £50 to the police officer and a £60 victim surcharge.