Mother of four attacked couple as they slept in their bed


Staff reporter (Border Counties)

A MOTHER of four entered a couple’s home while they slept and assaulted them in bed during a drink-fuelled attack.
Amanda Jane Yardley, of Hawthorn Grove, Oswestry, admitted assaulting Ricky and Lois Gregory in an attack that left blood on the duvet and clumps of Mrs Gregory’s hair on the bed.
Yardley also pleaded guilty to criminal damage by breaking the couple’s living room window during the incident in the early hours of March 2.
Shrewsbury Magistrates Court on Thursday, May 15 heard how the 45-year-old was angry with Mrs Gregory and went to the couple’s house in College Road. Finding the front door accidentally left open she went inside and Mrs Gregory woke to find her standing over the bed
Katie Price, prosecuting, said: “The defendant then attacked her, punching her to the face and pulling her hair.
“She punched her 10 times and clawed and scratched at her face.
“Ricky pulled the defendant off and she bit the upper part of his right arm,” she added.
Mr Gregory managed to push Yardley out of the front door but then heard her smash a window.
Mrs Gregory was sent to Wrexham Maelor Hospital and was initially told her eye may have suffered nerve damage. She later made a full physical recovery but reported being “scared to be alone in the house” while her husband admitted he had been shocked and scared by what happened.
Michael Freeman, defending, admitted it was “not a common set of circumstances”.
“Miss Yardley is absolutely appalled by what she’s done,” he said, “She remembers some of it, but not others, but she doesn’t want to challenge the details,” he added.
Mr Freeman told the court the Gregorys, who were more Yardley’s partner’s friends, and their children had visited Yardley and her partner that evening.
They left after Yardley, who had a “major problem with alcohol”, became angry with Mrs Gregory because of alleged bad behaviour.
Mr Freeman admitted that did not “exonerate Miss Yardley but it helps to understand there’s more to this.
“It’s not entirely Miss Yardley’s fault that this occurred,” he continued, adding that she had decided to “confront” Mrs Gregory.
Since the incident she had done her best to address her alcoholism, he claimed.
Yardley was handed a four-month prison sentence for the assaults and one-month for the criminal damage to run concurrent, both suspended for 12 months, and ordered to take part in 100-hours unpaid work with a supervision order and alcohol awareness programme. A previous unfinished community order was revoked.
She was also made the subject of a restraining order to stay away from the Gregorys and ordered to pay £400 compensation to Mrs Gregory, £150 to Mr Gregory and £50.15 to Shropshire Towns and Rural Housing for the broken window, and given an £80 victim surcharge.

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