Teenager attacked with mobile

Burnley Magistrates Court.
Burnley Magistrates Court.

A Burnley ex-drug addict attacked a teenager, using her mobile phone as a weapon and repeatedly hitting the victim, a court heard.

Burnley magistrates were told how single mother-of-two Kay Angus (40), threw things at the teenager during the sustained violent outburst in the town. She also shouted insults, calling the victim ugly, a liar and a narcissist.

Angus, a former heroin user, left the victim with a small lump and red scratches to their forehead, bruises and scratches on their right forearm and bruises on their left shin.

The defendant, of Harling Street, admitted assault by beating.

She was given a two-year conditional discharge and was told to pay a £15 victim surcharge and £85 costs. The bench told Angus, who is now having voluntary cognitive behavioural therapy, they had taken that into account.

They added she was of previous good character, showed a high level of remorse and the offence lacked premeditation.

The chairman warned her: Keep your temper, keep out of trouble and don’t come back to court.”

Mrs Enza Geldard, prosecuting, told the hearing Angus had at first been offered a caution, on condition she attended three sessions at the Lancashire Women’s Centre. She didn’t do that and was brought before the court.

Angus had begun shouting at the teenager and then started to hit their arm and leg.

The victim put up their arms and the defendant struck them numerous times to the thigh with the mobile phone. The victim was shouting :” Get off me.”

Mrs Geldard said Angus threw things at the teenager, hitting the victim’s legs with some of them. The victim later went to Burnley Police Station.

Daniel Frazer, in mitigation for Angus, said :” She accepts her actions on this day were criminal.

“They are actions she is ashamed of and she could have dealt with the situation differently.”

The solicitor said the defendant previously had issues with alcohol.

She denied she was drunk on this occasion. She had had problems in the past with heroin, had been on methadone for eight months and was attending Inspire ( the treatment service.)

Mr Frazer continued: “She is clearly making great strides herself in addressing whatever issues she may or may not have.

“She has seen a doctor in relation to depression.”