A “malicious and vindictive” neighbor punched a pregnant woman in the stomach and bit her hand, forcing the mom-to-be to sit on top of her and hold her down until police arrived.
Caroline Williams launched the brutal assault after learning the couple who lived next door had set up CCTV and were recording her outside, a court was told.
The 36-year-old woman then pushed her way into her Dudley apartment, grabbed the male resident by the neck and punched him in the head more than 10 times, it was alleged.
The man’s partner, who was 32 weeks pregnant, tried to intervene before Williams turned around and punched her in the belly, reports Birmingham Live.
Desperate, the expectant mother hit her assailant with a vase. The raging melee was the culmination of a long-running dispute, Birmingham Magistrates Court was told on Monday 31 January.
Williams, of Wolverhampton Street, Dudley, was previously found guilty of using violence at the security gate and two counts of assault, but received what magistrates admitted was a “lenient” sentence, partly due to her failing health. mental.
He was given a 24-month community order, involving 30 days of rehabilitation activity, a three-month curfew and told to pay compensation in full of £150 to his neighbours.
Williams has already appealed the conviction to be decided by Birmingham Crown Court at a later date.
Richard Purchase, a prosecutor, said there were “numerous allegations and issues” between the parties culminating on March 29 last year when Williams “objected” to the CCTV installed by the victims in their shared block of flats.
The court heard that he was outside smoking a cigarette and waving at the camera when he confronted his neighbor and said, “Why are you filming me in the back of my property?”
When he responded, saying, ‘I’m not going to have this conversation’ and returned to his apartment, Williams flung open the door and burst in.
Compra said: “She grabbed him by the throat and hit him more than ten times on the head. Her partner, who was 32 weeks pregnant, tried to grab her and pull her out. They bite her on both hands and punch her at least.” twice to the stomach.
At the time, the female victim grabbed a vase and hit Williams three times on the side of the head, she told the court.
Summing up the shock statements, Mr. Purchase said the incident took an “emotional toll” on the couple, leaving them feeling unsafe going to and from their apartment, as well as “overshadowing” the birth of their son.
The neighbor described Williams as “malicious and vindictive” claiming it was a “premeditated attack knowing she was heavily pregnant.”
She said the assault was the most “unsafe” she had ever felt despite working as a nurse at Broadmoor Hospital, a high-security psychiatric facility.
She also had to be closely monitored afterwards as her health worsened, but thankfully no significant harm was done to her or her baby, it was confirmed.
Claire Evans, defending herself, explained that the ‘tension’ between them stemmed from allegations that Williams had people illegally near her property during the lockdown, when in fact they were legitimate visitors, such as a boiler technician.
She said: “The victims’ perception was that other things were going on and it all got out of perspective. Ms Williams felt victimized by these cameras. There were conversations with the police. It was established at trial that the victims were recording Mrs Williams what you’re not allowed to do.”
Ms Evans added: “She wanted to try and change the cameras in her house. It was a completely unrealistic expectation. That was her frame of mind. Having gone in, she immediately made a huge mistake and deeply regrets it. There is a dispute over who was responsible for what happened inside.
She told the court that Williams had been ‘held in the apartment’ for 20 to 30 minutes until police arrived and the female victim ‘sat on her’ before she herself was taken to hospital with superficial injuries.
Ms Evans said a combination of mental health and learning issues “affected her perception of what she was supposed to do and the situation in general”, arguing that Williams would be “extremely vulnerable” in prison.
The bank president said she was “very lucky” to avoid custody, adding that it “didn’t sit well” that she was also deemed unsuitable for unpaid work.
Upholding the community order, the justice of the peace acknowledged Williams’ mental health issues, adding: “The reasons we’ve gone down this path is really his lack of a prior record to speak of. We’ve been pretty lenient with this. Parole says you have a low risk of reoffending.”
Williams must also pay court costs of £600 and a victim surcharge of £95. He was barred from making contact with the victims, who have since moved away, under a two-year restraining order.