Sunday, 17 December 2017

Sentence cut for woman who attacked ex

A WOMAN who attacked her former boyfriend and his new partner has had her sentence reduced on appeal.

A WOMAN who attacked her former boyfriend and his new partner has had her sentence reduced on appeal.

Sarah Ann Hazell, 33, of Goodall Close, Henley, had been found guilty of assaulting Mark Forchin and Katie Micuta at his home in Church Street after a trial at Oxford Magistrates? Court.

On Friday, she had her 12-month community sentence reduced to six months and her indefinite restraining order reduced to two years after an appeal hearing at Oxford Crown Court.

The court heard how Mr Forchin was woken by ?banging and shouting? outside his home at about 3am on September 28 last year.

Prosecutor Julian Lynch said he went down to speak with Hazell and then left the property, hoping she would follow him. Mr Lynch said: ?He then hears a smash of glass which appears to have been Miss Hazell smashing two panes of glass in the front door window.

?He returns to the house as he can hear shouting from within. He notices the smashed window, goes into the shared bedroom and Miss Hazell is in the process of assaulting Miss Micuta.?

Mr Forchin wrestled Hazell down the stairs and threw her out.

Mr Lynch said: ?She then smashed two more panes of glass and continued to shout abuse from outside, asking for property back but Mr Forchin was unable to find any.

?Neighbours described hearing shouting from Miss Hazell which woke them up.?

Mohammed Bashir, for Hazell, said magistrates did not consider her injuries, which were ?just as bad? as Mr Forchin?s, or the effect the sentence would have on her work.

Hazell had lost her job as an account manager as she was unable to travel to America, which was a key part of her job, due to her sentence.

Mr Bashir said: ?She is now unemployed and not by choice. Conviction was punishment enough. The sentence creates enormous difficulty. She received a double punishment.?

The judge, Recorder John Hardy QC, said: ?We have noted Miss Hazell?s good character and later acceptance of her wrongdoing and are able to reduce the impact of the sentence. Miss Hazell, we have reduced your sentence, mainly on the fact that you accept what you did was wrong."

Hazell was ordered to pay £300 costs.

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