Mum-of-four calls love rival a "fat mess" and pulls her hair on the school run

A mum-of-four attacked her love rival on the school run and called her a "fat mess" in a row over a man.

Leanne Farrell punched and pulled the hair of the victim in an unprovoked street attack until a passing motorist stopped to split the pair up.

Magistrates heard the victim was on the phone to a health visitor when the 33-year-old defendant attacked her, StokeOnTrentLive reports.

Prosecutor Sue Hayers said: “Miss Farrell had been in a relationship with the injured party’s former partner.

"There had been some ongoing difficulties between the two."

On September 26, Farrell made a remark to the victim at school, who later spoke to staff to make them aware of the issues between the two of them.

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After she left the school premises to go home, Farrell caught up with the woman and hassled her to ‘Why don’t you fight me, one-on-one?’ The woman replied, ‘I can’t be bothered with you’, but was then told she is a "fat mess".

The court heard Farrell slapped the victim’s arm before a motorist intervened and the attack stopped. But Farrell then caught up with the victim again.

Miss Hayers added: “The defendant said, ‘You're going to have it’. She threw a punch to the back of the injured party’s head with a clenched fist.

"The defendant pulled her arm all the way back and punched her a few more times using her full force.

“The defendant had hold of the injured party’s hair and they both fell to the floor. An unknown man intervened and pulled the defendant off.”

The incident was reported to police who arrested Farrell.

The mother-of-four pleaded not guilty to a charge of assault by beating. She was found guilty following a trial.

Joanne Corbett, mitigating, said Farrell’s long-term partner died in 2017.

She added: "The family is still coming to terms with that.”

Magistrates described the attack as ‘unprovoked’ and handed Farrell a 12-month community order with a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and 150 hours unpaid work.

A six-month restraining order banning Farrell from contacting the victim was imposed. She must also pay £100 compensation to the victim, plus £650 court costs and a £90 victim surcharge.

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