Woman jailed for four months pending appeal following "nasty attack"

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The case was heard at Craigavon Magistrates' Court.

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A Lurgan woman, who carried out “a nasty attack” on another female, has been jailed for four months pending appeal.

The case of Sharon Brenda Buick, (49), of Victoria Street, was heard at Craigavon Courthouse sitting on Wednesday, January 12.

The court heard that on March 16 this year, the injured party informed the police that she had been assaulted by the defendant, with injuries such as a bruised eye, swollen nose and upper lip and blood coming from her mouth being noted.

The injured party had to be treated at Craigavon Area Hospital for her injuries and she explained that she had been sleeping at the defendant’s house before being woke up and insulted.

After she left the bedroom, she was followed by Buick who grabbed her by the hair, pinned her to the ground and repeatedly punched her for a period of 15 minutes.

During interview, Buick denied the offence taking place but she pleaded guilty to a charge of assault occasioning actual bodily harm.

John Paul McCann, defending, informed the court that alcohol “plays a part” in his client’s behaviour and that she is no longer associated with “negative peer groups”.

The defence barrister further outlined that Buick’s life has been filled with tragedy and she realises she needs professional help.

The solicitor added that she is in “a last chance saloon” in terms of not going to prison but District Judge Greg McCourt remarked: “This was a nasty attack on this girl and the injuries were significant”.

The Judge outlined that Buick’s previous record meant he had no other option but to send the defendant to prison for four months.

He further explained that a suspended sentence imposed by the Crown Court will also have to reviewed by the higher court.

The defendant was released on bail pending appeal.

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