All-girl gang beat love rival senseless and stamped on her head in drunken 3am attack over a boyfriend from years before
- Alisha Walker spotted Courtney Samuels standing outside Yates Bar in Bolton
- Court heard Walker attacked her over a ‘cheating boyfriend’ they had shared
- Walker’s friends Courtney Moss and Ella Newcombe then joined in the attack
- Ms Samuels lost unconsciousness and suffered multiple bruising from onslaught
- All three of the women admitted to assault occasioning actual bodily harm
- Each handed 36-week suspended sentences and ordered to wear electronic tags and stick to nighttime curfew
An all-girl gang who beat and kicked a woman unconscious during a drunken and unprovoked nighttime attack over an old boyfriend have escaped being jailed.
Alisha Walker, 23, and her friends Courtney Moss and Ella Newcombe, both 24, left victim Courtney Samuels with multiple bruising after accosting her outside a bar as revellers were going home after an evening clubbing.
Miss Samuels, 23, was knocked to the floor before repeatedly kicked, punched and stamped on after Walker identified her as someone who once unwittingly shared a cheating boyfriend with her – but she had thought this was ‘water under the bridge’.
The victim lost consciousness during the beating and can recollect little of the attack. She has recovered from her injuries but was said to have been left feeling ‘very anxious.’
Alisha Walker, 23, and her friends have escaped being jailed over a drunken and unprovoked nighttime attack that left a woman unconscious
Courtney Moss and Ella Newcombe, both 24, left victim Courtney Samuels with multiple bruising after accosting her outside a bar as revellers were going home after an evening clubbing
Walker, Moss and Newcombe all of Little Hulton, near Worsley, Greater Manchester had earlier been out together in Bolton town centre and it is believed Moss was planning to drive her friend’s home when the attack occurred.
CCTV captured the moment Moss and Newcombe leapt out of a car to join in the assault after Walker pushed over Miss Samuels in the street.
At Bolton Crown Court, the three women who admitted assault occasioning actual bodily harm were each ordered to wear the ’embarrassing’ electronic tags as part of a four-month nighttime curfew.
All were also each sentenced to 36 weeks jail suspended for two years and complete 25 Rehabilitation Activity Requirement Days.
The incident on July 17 last year began after Walker spotted Miss Samuels loitering outside Yates Bar on Bradshawgate with a friend at the end of a night out.
The court heard Ms Samuels had been outside Yates Bar in Bolton when Walker came up and attacked her causing her to fall to the floor. It is believed she was targeted because the pair had shared a cheating boyfriend
Miss Anna Bond prosecuting said: ‘The three defendants beat her unconscious in the street causing paramedics and police to attend.
‘When officers attended a female said her friend had had her head stamped on. The victim was spoken to in the ambulance and was extremely distressed and upset.
‘She had been outside Yates Bar when Miss Walker came up and attacked her causing her to fall to the floor. The other two defendants then joined in and were also stamping on her head. She couldn’t remember anything else and was rendered unconscious.
‘Police described it as an unprovoked attack initiated by Miss Walker, resulting in her hitting the victim to the floor and followed by the two other women who exited from a vehicle and joined in the kicking.
‘The victim said she could think of no reason why the assault took place save for an argument which had occurred between herself and Miss Walker many years ago over a boy – but she had regarded that as water under the bridge.
All initially denied being involved in the attack. Newcombe (pictured) told police she saw Walker ‘fighting’ with Miss Samuels and was attempting to separate them
‘This was a sustained assault involving use of a shod foot. She was targeted in public at night by a group when she was with one other person.’
Miss Samuels was treated in Royal Bolton Hospital for multiple bruises and abrasions and has suffered swelling to her face and head and tenderness to her chest. She underwent a CT scan to check for possible severe head injuries but results came back as normal.
Moss was detained after CCTV operators who tracked her Ford Fiesta car after the assault and saw her leaving it in an alleyway. Walker and Newcombe were arrested at a nearby taxi rank.
All initially denied being involved in the attack. Newcombe told police she saw Walker ‘fighting’ with Miss Samuels and was attempting to separate them.
Walker had a caution for being drunk and disorderly whilst Newcombe, who worked as a security guard at Wythenshawe Hospital, had two previous convictions for racially aggravated public order and criminal damage.
In mitigation for Walker and Newcombe, defence lawyer Martin Pizzey said: ‘There is some history to this which goes back a long time to when Miss Walker had a boyfriend who was the world to her and that age she saw nothing else but that relationship.
Walker (pictured), Newcombe and Moss were each ordered to wear an ’embarrassing’ electronic tag as part of a four-month nighttime curfew. All were also each sentenced to 36 weeks jail suspended for two years
‘It transpires Mis Samuels had a relationship with this young man at the same time behind Miss Walker’s back and that resulted in a long protracted problem. The complainant thought it was water under the bridge and Miss Walker did make a great effort to to repair her life too.
‘But she had an unpleasant experience with social media, comments being made behind her back and people saying certain things and a variety of other issues. All this had a significant impact on her and at that point in her young life it had been hell for her.
‘On the night in question Miss Walker had been out with her friends and was on her way home. She accepts she was in drink but was not intent on causing and trouble. She was actually unaware of the complainant standing on then opposite side of the road and then had a recollection of something being said and she over-reacted.
‘Miss Newcombe then entered the scene and could see Miss Walker and the complainant on the floor and as not able to assess who was attacking who and got involved. She initially intended to pull Miss Walker away but then engaged in the attack.’
Judge Martin Walsh told the court: ‘The circumstances of this case are all too familiar. It was the early hours fuelled by drink with the victim knocked to the ground and then kicked and stamped on’
For Moss, Anna Chestnutt said: ‘She knows there is justification or excuse for her behaviour. Her relationship had broken down at the time and she had been sofa surfing at the time. She is mortified and disgusted with herself for what she has done.’
Sentencing Judge Martin Walsh said: ‘I see no reason why a curfew shouldn’t apply in this case and it should be electronically monitored – embarrassment or no embarrassment.
‘The circumstances of this case are all too familiar. It was the early hours fuelled by drink with the victim knocked to the ground and then kicked and stamped on.
‘Fortunately her injuries were not as severe as they could have been but the consequences of this, unintended as it might have been, could have been utterly catastrophic.’
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