A WOMAN who carried out a violent attack on a man in public, leaving him with ‘significant’ bruising and barely able to open his right eye has been sentenced to community service – after her victim asked for her not to go to prison.
The grave and criminal assault by Claire Lorraine Green (47) involved multiple punches to the face, dragging her victim along the ground and kicking him while he was lying on the ground – and only stopping after a member of the public started filming the attack.
The assault took place in the evening of 29 May last year, near the Dicq slipway, the Royal Court heard yesterday.
Crown Advocate Lauren Hallam, prosecuting, said: ‘He [the victim] had developed significant bruising and swelling to his right eye which he could barely open.
‘Officers observed grazing to his forehead, scratches to his left cheek, bruising around his left eye and a cut across his nose – which appeared bent and had different coloured bruising than the other injuries.’
A witness statement provided to the States police said that the victim ‘did not resist the assault nor did he fight back’.
Green has previous convictions between 1995 and 2004 for violent offences.
Advocate Rui Tremoceiro, defending, said that Green’s remorse was ‘deep’ and ‘genuine’.
‘I suggest to the court that this is a clear case where the defendant brings significant positive good character to the table.
‘Even the victim does not recall the full extent of what happened to him … part of it is because of his intoxication,’ he said.
Advocate Tremoceiro, who called for a non-custodial sentence, added: ‘She had plans for a social-work degree. As a result of the prosecution she has had to abandon those plans.
‘The plans are in keeping with her desire to help others – a desire which she has so often acted upon.’
An email from the victim asked for the defendant to be able to ‘carry on in society’, and Advocate Tremoceiro said: ‘You don’t see that very often, sir.’
He added: ‘The victim is begging you not to impose a custodial sentence. I’m asking that the court heeds that plea.’
The Bailiff, Sir Timothy Le Cocq, presiding, said: ‘To help us with this we look into the personal mitigation. There are many references – some speak exceptionally well of you.
‘It seems to be a significant matter we should give regard to. It speaks to the work you do in the community.’
The Bailiff added: ‘[The victim] asks to not punish you. We are prepared to give that weight.
‘We have decided not to impose a custodial sentence. You are extremely fortunate, but fortunate because of the many good things said about you.’
Green was sentenced to 276 hours of community service and given a 12-month probation order.